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Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new crea- 
ture: old things are passed away; behold, all things are 
become new (II Cor. 5:17). 

New — 

"New" is one of the most precious words in the English 
language. As those who have been saved by the blood of 
the crucified One, we have a NEW birth, are NEW crea- 
tures, enjoy a NEW life, and look for NEW heavens and 
a NEW earth. 

This issue of the Brethren Missionary Herald is dated 
January 1, 1955. A NEW year is beginning. The divisions 
of time that make New Year's Day are manmade. Men 
will "turn over a new leaf,"' and attempt to make them- 
selves new. New Year's resolutions, if all published, 
would fill volumes. I have no objection to all this; I 
might even speak of such sometimes. But we all need 
to remind ourselves that all manmade things will pass 
away. All new things, as man makes them, will become 
old so very quickly — they will become old and pass 
away. 

Might it not be well for us to take the "new" emphasis 
out of the New Year and let it speak to us of the One 
who makes all things new. That which He makes new 
will not become old as doth a garment and fade away. If 
you have not already accepted Christ as your personal 
Saviour, won't you do so today — let Him make of you 
a new creature in Christ Jesus. 



Retrospect 

I am reminded of the Scripture: "No man, having put 
his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the 
kingdom of God." Yet I believe it is not proper that we 
speak in retrospect of all that God has done for us in 
the year just past. 

In Argentina we have new church-temples at Corral 
de Bustos and Rio Tercero; authorization has been given 
for lot purchases in some other places and this may have 
been done before the old year ended. In Brazil we have 
a new residence under construction at Icoraci, an addi- 
tion to the residence in Macapa, and a large day-school 
annex now being erected at Macapa. In France we have 
begun negotiations which will probably result in a per- 
manent meeting place in Lyon. In Africa our extensive 
building operations in the city of Bangui are rapidly 
nearing completion; in recent days a congregation has 
been assembling there which has approached the 1,000 
mark in attendance. In Honolulu our fine believers have 
arranged for their newly remodeled and equipped chapel. 
In Mexico — really in Calexico, Calif. — the remodeling of 
the residence has been completed. All of this has been 
done in a year when, because of a smaller foreign-mis- 
sion offering, it might have seemed that no expansion 
could be made. 

New missionaries have joined our family during the 
year — for Mexico: Rev. and Mrs. Sibley Edmiston, La- 
redo, Tex., and Miss Dorothy Robinson, San Ysidro. 
Calif.; for Argentina: Rev. and Mrs. Donald Bishop, Rio 
Cuarto; for Brazil: Rev. and Mrs. Bill A. Burk, Icoraci; 
for Africa: Miss Rosella Cochran and Rev. and Mrs. 
George Cone, Jr., now in training at Lyon, France. Our 



missionary family now numbers 89 persons — in addition 
to all the children, and they are really missionaries, too. 

Thousands more have accepted Christ — reports aren't 
yet complete, but probably between 7,000 and 10,000 will 
have personally accepted Christ and most of them are 
now in study classes. Between 2.500 and 3,500 will prob- 
ably have united with Brethren churches in foreign 
lands, having been baptized by triune immersion in obe- 
dience to the teaching of our blessed Lord. Countless 
others have heard the blessed gospel story — so many 
have heard, in fact, that on any Sunday there could be 
a mass movement of people accepting Christ. 

During this year, too, your general secretary has had 
the privilege of completing the visit in Argentina, and 
of visiting in Brazil and France. In matters of adminis- 
tration such visits are so very helpful not only to the 
missionary areas affected, but to those who hold the 
ropes here at home. He has also had the privilege of vis- 
iting in most of our Brethren churches during the year 
and very early in the new year he purposes to continue 
in visitation in our Brethren churches. 

We rejoice in all these things which the Lord has 
accomplished through His servants, and that He enabled 
us to do it in a year when our total foreign-mission in- 
come dropped between 6 percent and 10 percent below 
the annual offering of the year before. 

Prospect — 

Only our blessed Lord knows what He will enable us 
to do in the year just beginning. He knows the end from 
the beginning. We want to be in the center of His will, 
neither running ahead nor lagging behind. With His 
blessing it does seem both possible and probable that we 
will have further church-temple building by the believ- 
ers in Argentina and possibly erection or purchase of a 
missionary residence in that land. 

In Brazil it seems very probable that Christian day 
schools will begin both in Icoraci and Macapa, that new 
and better small boats will become available for a lim- 
ited amount of river evangelization, and that the be- 
lievers in Icoraci will build their own chapel before the 
year is over. 

We are praying that Bible-institute classes will be 
resumed in Rio Cuarto, Argentina, and that the Bible- 
institute program will be expanded in Mexico. We an- 
ticipate a completed place of worship in Lyon, France, 
as well as that national French believers may become 
available to assist Brother Fogle, and that some con- 
venient and useful arrangement may be made for com- 
munity evangelization in the Lyon area. 

In Africa it will be our plan to complete the building 
program which has been begun in the city of Bangui; 
native believers will probably build a large church- 
chapel building there. The field council will just have 
completed its meeting in Africa as you read this, and in 
an early issue of the Herald we will give you the plans 
for the future as we see them for Africa. 

As we look in retrospect and in prospect, we can only 
say, "Thank you. Lord." He has blessed us far above 
anything that we could have had the courage to ask or 
think. 

Humanly speaking, we say "Thank you" to the multi- 
tudes of friends of foreign missions who have prayed 
with us and who have given largely of tithes and offer- 
ings that all these blessings might come to us, and to the 
missionaries in our great family for their unstinting 
service in this work so dear to the heart of God. 

— Russell D. Barnard. 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 



DETOURS ON GOD'S HIGHWAY 



By Rev. and Mrs. Roy B. Snyder, Bouca, Africa 

None of us like detours, especially when we are in a 
hurry to get someplace. They are, however, inevitable. 
One of our most trying experiences last summer was on 
our way to Camp Grace. Between the Pennsylvania 
Turnpike and Hagerstown, Md., there were four detours. 
Some of them were long and roundabout, others more 
direct. They were irritating although we did realize they 
were there for a purpose. 

On God's highway there are detours as well. Some- 
times they upset and irritate us and we fail to realize 



CHANGES OF ADDRESS 

In order that you may keep your record of missionary 
addresses up to date, please make the following changes 
in your copy of the Brethren Annual, dated October 30, 
1954, pages 41-43: 

Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Albert, B. P. 240, Bangui, French 
Equatorial Africa. 

Beaver, Rev. and Mrs. S. Wayne, Bozoum via Bangui, 
French Equatorial Africa. 

Cone, Rev. and Mrs. George E., Jr., 112 Avenue Ber- 
thelot, Lyon, France. 

Jobson, Dr. and Mrs. Orville D., B. P. 240, Bangui, 
French Equatorial Africa. 

Kliever, Rev. and Mrs. J. P., Box 588, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 

Tyson, Miss Elizabeth, Route 1, Hatfield, Pa. 




Roy and Ruth Snyder 



that they, too, are there for a good purpose. Yet we 
know from God's Word that our stops, starts, and de- 
tours are all ordered of Him. 

We came to such a detour about the first of June when 
we were told that it would not be best for us to return 
to Africa because of physical reasons. We hardly knew 
what to say or do. But God, who is always faithful, 
gave the assurance that He was still working all things 
together for our good (Rom. 8:28). He opened up other 
channels during the summer that proved to be a bless- 
ing. A missionary rest home along the New Jersey sea- 
shore was the first thing He provided. Then came the 
fellowship and blessing of summer camps with our 



Brethren young people, where we had the opportunity 
of presenting to them the challenge of foreign missions. 
We were happy, too, for the privilege of supplying vari- 
ous pulpits and ministering the Word of Life to others. 
All of these were blessings along God's detour. 

It was first thought that our detour from service in 
Africa would be at least one year. However, God used a 
Christian doctor in Philadelphia as a human instrument 
for physical restoration. So, after only three months, the 
"detour" sign was changed to a "go" sign. How we praise 
the Lord for His leading and direction! Through leading 
us to this Christian doctor, many others in our churches 
have been helped by him. We feel that this alone was 
worth the three-month detour. 

We know that many of you were raising your voices 
to God in our behalf, and we're grateful for your prayer 
help. It was faithful, constant prayer that moved the arm 
of God. But also, along with the prayers of you white 
brethren, a volume of prayer was ascending on our be- 
half from our African brethren. The letters that we re- 
ceived from missionaries and natives alike told of their 
earnest praying for us. They wanted their spiritual 
"papa and mama" to return to them. They wanted their 
own missionary to sit among them again and show forth 
the affair of God to them. 

Yes; God answered prayer! We're here in Africa to- 
day, again sitting among our people and ministering unto 
them the Word of Life. Continue to pray that God will 
use us to gather many precious sheaves along this 
African highway. 



THEY GAVE THEIR ALL 

With the passing of the years, NINE of our beloved 
missionaries have laid down their lives "to get the Gos- 
pel out." They are: Mary Rollier, Myrtle Mae Snyder, 
Allen Bennett, James Gribble, Lester W. Kennedy, Sr., 
Edna Patterson, Florence N. Gribble, Joseph H. Foster, 
Clarence L. Sickel. How great has OUR gift been to the 
work for which they gave their lives? 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUM E 17, NU MBER 1 

Ente7ed s~s~i¥cond-elass"matter April 16. 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind.. under the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. S2.00 a year: 100-percent churches. $1.50; foreien. S3.00. Board of 
Directors Rnhert Trees Dresidenf Herman A Hoyt. vice president: William Schaffer. secretary: Ord Gehman. treasurer: Bryson Fetters, 
membe^at^ar^ tc P Executive C^rJtt™ W^ter Lepp. S. W. Link. Mark Malles. Robert E. A. Miller. True Hunt. Lyle W. Marvin. Arnold 
R. Kriefibaum, ex officio. 



January 1, 7955 



Evangelizing Adventures in Baja California— 

DURING JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST 

WITH THE WALTER HAAG FAMILY, MISS DOROTHY ROBINSON, AND MISS AMELIA HERNANDEZ 



(Continued From Issue oj December 4) 

We climbed the mountains to Comondu, a double 
town in a palm oasis in the canyon. We went down the 
canyon to a great plain on the Pacific side of the penin- 
sula. It extends for over a hundred miles and the road 
is a good graded road ready for the asphalt. After cross- 
ing the hills going east we were once more on the gulf 
side. Before us lay the bay at La Paz. La Paz has many 
high-priced hctels and caters to rich American tourists 
who come here by air to fish. 

Below La Paz the landscape changes rather suddenly. 
It is very green with shrubs and small trees and nat- 
urally very beautiful. We were pestered on this part of 
the trip by small gnats which in the early morning and 
in the evening are so thick they get in your ears and 
eyes and nose. We breathed them, and doubtless ate 
quantities of them. They make one feel frantic. 

In two days we arrived at San Jose del Cabo at the 
lower end of the peninsula. We looked up the believers 
and found that their pastor, an independent faith mis- 
sionary, had left them for reasons unknown. Whether 
or not he will return is uncertain. Meetings had been 
abandoned and the believers were most discouraged. We 
rounded up some of them in the few days we were there 
and induced a young lady among their number to have 
a Sunday school for them. 

San Jose del Cabo is a good-sized town located in a 
fruitful area. The principal means of livelihood are cattle 
raising and agriculture. The crops are cotton, cane, 
mangos, bananas, and avocados. We expected to enjoy 
the fruit when we arrived, but found there had been a 
rain and heavy wind recently which knocked off all the 
fruit. There was almost none to be had. Finally, just 



before we left, a friend brought us three small bunches 
of bananas which were delicious, but which we ate up 
entirely too soon. 

San Lucas is the town farthest south on the peninsula. 
The name means Cape of St. Luke. In this place we 
showered the town with illustrated editions of the Gos- 
pel of Luke. Everyone received his copy graciously, 
since it was generally recognized as the Gospel belong- 
ing in a special way to their town. 

Sunday we were in La Paz again. We hunted up a 
believer and found that this city, which a few years back 
had run out two Lutheran women missionaries, now has 
four Protestant groups — Lutheran, Assembly of God, an 
undenominational group, and Jesus Only Pentecostals. 
We visited with the Lutheran and Assembly of God pas- 
tors and attended services at the undenominational 
church. We were encouraged by what the Lord has done 
in this fanatical city. 

Returning we found deep mud in the road between the 
twin towns of Comondu, and when we climbed to the 
plateau above the towns, we found a truck stuck and 
men trying to dig it out. The owner of the truck, we 
found out later, was the subdelegado of Mulege. He and 
his men had to camp there for the night and came to buy 
food from us, as they had none. The next day they cour- 
teously received religious literature from us. Mulege is a 
fanatical place and to be able to do a favor to the sub- 
delegado and give some literature, we feel, was the 
work of the Lord. Thus, little by little, God is opening 
doors and creating more friendliness toward the Gospel 
in the cities of Baja California. 

We arrived once more in San Ignacio. When we went 
to the post office, the children, led by the priest, shouted 



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"They read the tracts." 



'Tijuana — some are institute students.'' 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



MEET THE EDMISTONS 



Rev. and Mrs. Sibley Ed- 
miston and their fine family 
have, during this year, be- 
come a part of our foreign- 
missionary personnel in re- 
lation to our work in Mex- 
ico. They are located at La- 
redo, Tex., and work with 
the Mexican population in 
that city, as well as in Nue- 
vo Lareo, Mexico, and other 
surrounding Mexican areas. 

Brother and Sister Edmis- 
ton are members of the 
North Long Beach Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Brother Edmiston is a grad- 
uate of Grace Theological 
Seminary, having received 
his B. Th. degree (cum 
laude) in 1953. 

Reports of the first months 
of activity in this center of 
testimony are very encour- 
aging. 




Richard 



Willetta Leandra Daniel Sibley 



Linda 



their song at us and the priest urged them on, saying, 
"Louder, louder!" Some came and sat on a bench in the 
plaza near our car and commenced to sing the same rude 
song. I took out my camera and was going to take their 
picture, but they immediately scattered like quail. They 
took refuge on the porch of the Catholic church and 
began to sing and dance up and down in defiance. I fol- 
lowed to a bench in front of the church intending to 
take their picture, but every time I would put the cam- 
era to my eye they ducked behind the banister. There 
were, as usual, men loafing in the plaza, and the senti- 
ment seemed to be amusement at the situation and 
shame at the rude conduct of the children. One woman 
even came and called home her girl who was in the 
group. Finally, when I put away my camera, they re- 
turned to the bench beside our car. The delegado came 
out and scolded them for their disorderly conduct, but 
Mrs. Haag defended them, saying they weren't doing 
anything. Then she had the opportunity to get out and 
talk to them about the Lord, using the Catholic Bible as 
the basis. They admitted it was the same kind the priest 
used. The men in the plaza stood around close enough 
so they could hear, and the door to their hearts was 
opened a little wider for the entrance of the Gospel. 

On the last night the priest passed with his children 
singing their praise to the virgin. The believers heard 
them coming and asked to sing "No lo hay" ("There's 
not a friend like the lowly Jesus"). So, as the priest 
passed by the porch, the believers sang at the top of 
their lungs the hymn honoring the Lord Jesus Christ. 
On this occasion the priest tore out the leaves of the 
hymn we had sung and threw them at us, meanwhile 
shouting "Si lo hay" ("Yes; there is, but you are not 
going to see her"), meaning the Virgin of Guadelupe is 
their friend, and equal to the Saviour. 

One night Amelia gave a flannelgraph lesson, the 



second she had given in an evening service. A dance was 
being held nearby, so her story drew a large crowd. 
While she was talking, the priest passed and didn't re- 
turn that night. People said he returned to town another 
way because he was put to shame by the crowd gathered 
to hear the Gospel. Amelia did very well with her story, 
especially considering that the crowd was mostly men. 
When she finished they clapped her. We were very 
happy because the Lord had so developed her ability and 
given her courage in His service. 

The last night of our stay we had a social with games, 
and kool-ade for refreshments. An entertainment of a 
Christian nature was a new thing in the lives of these 
people, but everyone had a wonderful time. They said it 
was more fun than a dance. 

Next day we headed north, taking with us one of the 
San Ignacio boys to go to our Bible institute. Four other 
young men there say they want to attend next year. We 
also took with us a young man from Rancho el Coyote 
to attend two weeks of special meetings. When we 
arrived in Tijuana, we left the young men at the mission 
because they did not have permission to cross the in- 
ternational boundary line. 

Please pray that the Lord will have His way in regard 
to this matter of training Mexican workers. It is our 
desire that as many as possible should oe fitted to meet 
the need we found for workers in Baja California, and 
the need is just as great elsewhere. 



AFRICAN CHURCH GROWS 

In 33 years the membership of our African church has 
grown from 1 to 13,424, with over 5.000 more in pre- 
baptism classes. Did ever such a small investment of 
money bring such large and eternal results? 



January 7, 7955 



First Three Weeks in Bangui 



By Mrs. Orville Jobson 



The opening of a new Brethren church in the city of 
Bangui has now become a reality, and how we do praise 
the Lord for answered prayer! Truly we can say with the 
psalmist: "This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in 
our eyes." 

A Temporary Meeting Place 

During the last week of October we, with Pastor Noel 
from Bozoum, cams to Bangui and rented a small house 
in which to live until Brother Balzer has the new mis- 
sion house completed. The week was spent in getting the 
grounds cleared around the house in order to put up a 
temporary meeting place for the coming Lord's Day. 
Brother Balzer and his carpenter built a shed — or should 
we call it a tabernacle? — 20 by 40 feet, in one day. Of 
course seats were nee ded, so we bought lumber at the 
sawmill and benches wtre speedily nailed together. 

During the week Pastor Noel was busy visiting the 
many different members and converts who formerly at- 
tended church at our different stations and outposts. 
Employment in this city has brought hundreds of our 
Brethren people to Bangui, and our first efforts are with 
them in order to have an organized church. 

The First Lord's Day 

On the Lord's Day morning, about 6:30, folks started 
gathering, and by 7:30 the tabernacle was full and over- 
flowing. Some Sango records were played, then Pastor 
Noel opened the service with prayer, singing, and Bible 
verses, after which Mr. Jobson gave the morning mes- 
sage. The invitation was given to the unsaved and 32 
re. ponded to the call. There were approximately 300 
present at this first service. In the afternoon at 3 o'clock 
a French service was conducted for the French-speaking 
natives here in the city, and about 75 attended the serv- 
ice. At 4 o'clock another service in Sango was held, 
which closed our first Lord's Day in the capital city. 

During the following week classes were organized for 
the Christians and inquirers. Mrs. Balzer, with native 
helpers, is kept busy every afternoon teaching the in- 




quirers to read and memorize Bible verses. Classes to 
instruct the members of the church are also held. Mr. 
Jobson teaches the men and I have the women. Many 
of these men and women ride bicycles, others come on 
buses, and many on foot; the whole front yard near our 
house is used for a parking lot and our front porch 
makes a good classroom. 

The early-morning prayer meeting is well attended. 
Noel, who for many years had morning prayer meetings 
at the Bozoum chapel, is now faithfully meeting here 
from 5:30 to 6, after which a short message is given, and 
at 6:30 the folks leave for their day's work. Many of the 
working class of people finish their work at 2:30 and this 
gives them an opportunity to attend some afternoon 
classes. 

The Second Lord's Day 

The second Lord's Day here the attendance doubled, 
so we saw the need of enlarging the tabernacle. This was 
done, but still we find the building is not adequate to 
accommodate the crowd. With the increased interest and 
attendance, the enrollment of the classes has greatly in- 
creased. At present there are 220 in the inquirers' 
classes; also there is an increase in the number of mem- 
bers from our inland churches desiring membership in 
the Bangui church. 

The Third Lord's Day 

The Third Lord's Day we were prepared for a much 
larger attendance, but even the addition to the taber- 
nacle did not provide seating space for all, and once 
again folks were obliged to sit on the ground surround- 
ing the tabernacle. During this service many came for- 
ward to accept the Lord; others to apply for member- 
ship. Mr. Jrbson continues his examination for those 
seeking membership, and we look forward to the first 
baptism and organization of the church sometime in 
December, which will be followed by the first com- 
munion for this charter group. Continue to pray for the 
establishment of our testimony in Bangui. There truly 
is an open door and many opportunities, but there are 
also many adversaries and much opposition. However, 
we are looking to the Lord for the wisdom and strength 
needed day by day. "Great is Thy faithfulness." 



Market Scene in Bangui 



THE COMING OF THE LORD DRAWETH NIGH 

(James 5:8) 

This may be the last of the years quickly flying; 

It may be the year when the Saviour will come, 
When the Land of the Holy, for which we are sighing, 

Will burst into view — the Father's glad Home. 

It may be the last, all mystery ending. 

In deepest of Peace, in the sunlight of God. 

That sweet smile of welcome, from Jesus descending. 
Will more than make up for the toils of the road. 

— Selected. 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 




TRIALS AND TRIUMPHS OF A 



A Tent Campaign in 
Argentina 



By Lynn D. Schrock, Rio Cuarto- 



One of the most interesting parts of a missionary's 
work in the Argentine is a tent campaign. The thing that 
contributes especially to its interest is that so many new 
folks hear the Gospel — some for the first time. 

As this article is being written we are in the midst 
of our summer activities, including tent campaigns. 
Right now there is a campaign in progress in Jose Mar- 
mol in the Province of Buenos Aires, as well as in Pam- 
payasta here in the Province of Cordoba. But the tent 
campaign about which I want to tell you is the one we 
just finished in Corral de Bustos. 

Our "New" Truck 

Not long ago it was decided that a small truck would 
be more useful by the mission than the Bible coach 
Since there was one for sale in Cabrera, we bought it 
with the idea of selling the Bible coach. It was with this 
newly purchased truck (a 1929 Model A Ford) that Don 
Pedro Olthoff and I started out from Rio Cuarto the 
morning of November 22 (the day that Dr. Barnard left 
Europe on the S. S. United States, if I remember cor- 
rectly). Our plan was to be in La Carlota for the noon 
meal with the Dowdys. Then in good time that after- 
noon we were going to continue our trip to Corral de 
Bustos. When we got to the road that leads off the high- 
way into La Carlota, we were stopped by the highway 
police. This was nothing new, as they always do this as 
a routine matter. But this time they noticed that we 
didn't have a rear bumper on our "new" truck. Further, 
when they looked at my driver's license they noticed 
that I hadn't renewed it (a matter that I had over- 
looked). Well, they said that they would forgive the lat- 
ter, as they saw it was involuntary, but we must have a 
rear bumper put on before continuing our trip. All per- 
suasion proved to be useless. So at last, at 6:10 p. m.. we 
were on our way again — about four hours behind our 
planned schedule. 

Motor Trouble? 

As we went along I mentioned to Don Pedro a couple 
times that I didn't like the sound of the motor. But the 
thing kept on going about the same, so we didn't worry 
much about it. thinking that it must be a characteristic 
of the truck we had purchased. But as we went up a 
hill, the car began to miss in a way that we didn't like 
a bit. So we got out and looked at the motor. It was hot — 
even to the point of the oil boiling. Then all of a sudden 
we realized why. There was the broken fan belt. Well, 
we thanked the Lord that the last thing we had done 
before leaving Rio Cuarto was buy a fan belt — just in 
case. Now we had the case. And it wasn't as easy a case 
as we had hoped for, but after struggling for awhile we 
get it on and were on our way again. 



All went well until we got to the dirt road — as the last 
35 miles are dirt. It was on this stretch that we were 
enjoying pretty good road. Of course, Don Pedro kept 
telling me that there was a bad stretch, especially right 
after rain. It had rained not long before, but that day 
the sun and wind had dried the roads considerably. Thus 
we hoped that the bad stretch wouldn't be too bad. It 
was about 11 p. m. when we saw a threshing machine 
parked at the side of the road. Our thought was that 
they had stopped there simply because it was time to 
sleep. We hadn't gone by them more than 30 yards when 
we knew why they were stopped. We were too! If we 
had been alone, we would have been there for the rest 
of the night. But immediately three or four men came 




Part of Corral de Bustos Congregation 

from the threshing machine to help us. At last we found 
that the other side of the road was much better, so we 
kept going on that side. It was well after midnight when 
we arrived in Corral de Bustos and found Brother Mar- 
shall waiting up for us. We slept well, though not too 
much that night. 

Our first meeting was the next night. There was a 
pretty good group. The thorough work of preparation on 
the part of Brother Marshall and his congregation had 
informed the town of the campaign. But a detail that was 
rather discouraging was that, after preaching definitely 
for decisions, the only one who spoke to me after the 
service about being interested was a drunk who never 
showed up after that night. 

As the meetings went on there were others who 
showed real interest. By the time the meetings were 
over a good many children had made a profession of 
faith in Christ as Saviour in the DVBS classes that were 
held; also there were about five young people and adults 
who seemed to understand what the decision meant that 
they had made. Others raised their hands or stood up in 
the meetings in response to the invitation, but conver- 
sations with them after the meetings revealed that they 



January I, 1955 



did not understand what they had professed to have 
done. 



DO YOU AGREE? 



The Harvest 

I want to tell you of one triumph in particular that the 
Lord gave in these meetings. On Sunday night the 
message was on "The Three Great Enemies of the Soul" 
— a message based on the parable of the sower. At the 
end of the message I gave opportunity to those who had 
sufficient courage to stand and thus manifest publicly 
their faith in Christ as Saviour. No one stood up, though 
it was evident that the Lord was working in the meet- 
ing. After the service was closed with prayer I noticed 
a young couple standing near the tent, not seeming to be 
at all in a hurry to go home. So I went over to them and 
greeted them. I asked the man if he had understood the 
message. He said that he had and then said that he had 
felt a great heat in his body during the invitation and 
that he knew that he should have stood up, but didn't 
have courage to do so. 

After talking to him a bit I assured him that it wasn't 
too late to accept Christ even that very night. He then 
said that Brother Maconaghy had talked to him about 
seven years ago about the need of accepting Christ as 
Saviour. He said that at that time he told Mr. Maconaghy 
that he agreed with us evangelicals, but didn't want to 
make a definite decision for Christ. It was then that 
Brother Maconaghy told him that he was like the man 
in the door who had to either go in or out. When he told 
me this, I asked him if he didn't want to come in that 
very night. We shook hands and he said that he did want 
to accept Christ with all his heart. 

That, brethren, was a triumph — a thrill that we seldom 
have in this priest-ridden land. And the marvel of it is 
that his wife, too, confesses to be saved now. Other con- 
tacts with them during the campaign showed that they 
were rejoicing in their new-found Saviour, and they are 
planning to send their older boy to our children's camp 
this summer. I do not have any report from Brother 
Marshall as to how this man and his wife are following 
on since the campaign, but we are trusting the Lord to 
keep His own. 

Home Again! 

Immediately after the closing service we took down 
the tent and started on our way home. Roger Dowdy 
went with Don Pedro and me as far as La Carlota. But 
before we got there we again had troubles. The truck 
would putter along on two or three cylinders. And it 
even stopped completely on two occasions, but at last 
we discovered that if the lights weren't on we could keep 
on going. It was at 4 a. m. that we discovered this secret 
of our "new" truck. So for about an hour and a half we 
went along without lights most of the time — turning 
them on just enough to see the road sufficiently to keep 
on it. From then on we made our way to Rio Cuarto with 
relatively little difficulty. The principal problem was to 
stay awake. But a good strong cup of coffee pepped us 
up a bit so that we got home without completely going 
to sleep. 



In a recent year the 50 students in our Bible institute 
in Africa, with their families all helping to carry their 
earthly possessions, walked 5,165 miles coming to school, 
and a similar distance returning home after the nine- 
months term of school. 



(Editor's Note — The quotation which follows was 
taken from "Paix and Liberte," a French Communist 
paper.) 

"The Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Communist Man- 
ifesto. The Gospel is a much more powerful weapon for 
the renewal of society than is our Marxist philosophy. 
All the same, it is we who will finally beat you. We are 
only a handful, and you Christians are numbered by the 
million. But if you remember the story of Gideon and 
his three hundred companions, you will understand why 
I am right. We Communists do not play with words. We 
are realists, and seeing that we are determined to 
achieve our object, we know how to obtain the means. 
Of our salaries and wages we keep only what is strictly 
necessary; and we give the rest for propaganda pur- 
poses. To this propaganda we also consecrate 'all our 
free time and part of our holidays.' You, however, give 
only a little time and hardly any money for the spread- 
ing of the Gospel of Christ. How can anyone believe in 
the supreme value of this Gospel if you do not practice 
it? If you do not spread it? And if you sacrifice neither 
time nor money for it? Believe me, it is we who will win, 
for we believe in our Communist message and we are 
ready to sacrifice everything, even our life, in order that 
social justice shall triumph. But you people are afraid 
to soil your hands." 



WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER? 

In our National Fellowship of Brethren Churches we 
have ONE missionary for every 235 members. Doesn't it 
seem reasonable that 234 of these members should fully 
support and supply all the needs for the ONE who goes? 
Yet, last year our offerings dropped 6 percent as com- 
pared to the year before. Just now we have almost 
frantic appeals from at least four of our six mission 
fields pleading for additional funds for necessary expan- 
sion to be able to accept unparalleled opportunities. 
Your answer must always be our answer, and your 
answer is in your gifts! 



NATIVES DELUDED 

The keeper of Mohammed's tomb at Mecca predicted 
and publicized all over Africa that Mohammed would 
make visible signs in the heavens in 1952. Said he, "The 
sun will darken at midday." He, of course, had the in- 
formation which scientists had given out, telling of an 
eclipse to occur in February of 1952, but the poor natives 
not having this information were moved to honor Mo- 
hammed. 



Our African press turned out 38,776 pieces of liter- 
ature during a recent year, and the work was done to 
a very great extent by two native typesetters and one 
press operator. 



Christianity is the one religion which proffers to save 
a man without eliminating, mutilating, or starving some 
part of his essential nature. — Heart Throbs. 



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GRACE SEMINARY— 

1. Praise God for the way He 
supplies the needs of the school, and 
pray that the annual offering now 
being taken may meet all the cur- 
rent needs of the school. 

2. Continue to pray that God will 
send in to the school additional gifts 
to make possible much-needed ex- 
pansion. 

3. Pray for the students as they 
take final examinations and begin 
their work of the second semester. 

4. Pray for the new students that 
will be coming in, that they may 
find work and become adjusted to 
the school. 

5. Pray for the Grace Bible Con- 
ference, sponsored by the alumni, to 
be held January 24 to 28, and for the 
annual day of prayer which closes 
the conference. 

FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

1. Continue to pray for the health 
of our missionaries — especially for 
Mrs. Haag, Miss Thurston, Miss Ty- 
son, Lester Kennedy, and others as 
you hear of the need. 

2. Pray for the missionaries in 
Africa and for the plans formulated 
at the recent field council meeting, 
that through all avenues of the work 
more may be reached with the Gos- 
pel. 

3. Pray for the midyear meeting 
of the foreign board, which is due to 
begin in Winona Lake on Monday, 
January 24. 

4. Pray for the proposed mission- 
ary conference in each of our 11 dis- 
tricts during the months of February 
through May. The missionaries par- 
ticipating will travel in a party, and 
as many fields as possible will be 
represented at each conference. 

5. Pray for the definite guidance 
of the Lord in the proposed purchase 
of property in France, Brazil, and 
Argentina. 



6. Pray for the training of na- 
tional and native workers in the 
various Bible institutes — for the 
continued effectiveness of such in 
Africa, for the expansion of such 
training in Mexico, for the reopening 
of the institute in Argentina, and for 
those training centers with which 
we cooperate in other fields. 

7. Pray that the present open 
dcors may stay open to the preach- 
ing of the Gospel in all of our fields. 
Pray that as the doors remain open 
we (Brethren) will sacrifice in order 
to enter the open doors. 

8. Pray for the preparation and 
distribution of the foreign mission 
seasonal material to be used during 
the months of February through 
May, that such may be delivered on 
time and be used effectively. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

1. Pray that the needs of the 
Temple City Brethren Church will 
be met since it has gone self-sup- 
porting January 1, and pray for their 
new pastor who has just arrived, 
John M. Aeby. 

2. Pray for Rev. and Mrs. Ralph 
J. Colburn as they have entered into 
home-mission work this new year at 
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Pray that this 
work may develop rapidly and be 
the means of starting additional 
Brethren testimonies in the South. 

3. Pray for the new building pro- 
gram that is about to get under way 
in Seattle, Wash., and pray espe- 
cially for financing. 

4. Pray that the Lord will pro- 
vide the Fremont, Ohio, colored peo- 
ple with a suitable location upon 
which they may erect their tempo- 
rary building and put it to use. 

5. Praise the Lord for His bless- 
ings thus far on the San Bernardino 
relocation and pray that the Chris- 
tian day school may soon be started 
in connection with the new church. 

6. Pray that the Artesia church 
will have divine wisdom and guid- 
ance as to the future progress of the 
work. 

7. Pray that all the home-mission 
churches will be able to assume the 
added financial responsibility placed 
upon them with the coming of the 
new year. 

EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE— 

1. Pray for your Board of Evan- 
gelism as we start a new year; that 



1955 might be a year of real revival 
across the brotherhood. 

2. Praise the Lord for the minis- 
try of Brother and Sister Colburn in 
the recent meetings in the North- 
west, and pray for them as they go 
into their new work in Florida. 

3. Praise the Lord for two new 
Team Two members: Bill Byers, 
songleader, and Jim Martin, pianist. 

4. Pray for Crusade Team Two 
meetings in York (Jan. 2-16), and 
Kittanning (Jan. 18-30). 

WMC (Atlantic District)— 

1. Praise the Lord for rich bless- 
ings we receive in our Bible study 
and mission study topics, and pray 
His blessing upon those who have 
written them for us. 

2. Pray that "Our Daily Walk" 
may lead each WMC lady to her 
prayer closet often to intercede for 
our faithful missionaries. 

3. Pray that every member may 
have a real missionary zeal, and that 
each of us may be a sincere soul- 
winner. Time is so short! 

SMM (California District)— 

1. Let us pray for our national 
officers as they through His strength 
fulfill their jobs. Remember them 
in their school work, and as they 
commune with other district Sister- 
hoods. 

2. Let us pray for the birthday 
offering which is one of our projects 
each year. Let each one of us partic- 
ipate in the further education of the 
missionary children. 

3. Let us pray that the aim of the 
Sisterhood, to develop the girl, might 
really be impressed upon our minds. 
Let us strive to do God's will. 

4. Let us pray that the new goal 
regarding our bandages might be 
fulfilled and that more interest might 
be taken in this goal. 

MISSIONARY HERALD— 

Pray for the leading of the Holy 
Spirit as plans are made for the dis- 
posal of our present property and 
the erection of a new home for the 
Missionary Herald on the property 
recently purchased. 

Pray for the missionaries who 
have the responsibility of the trans- 
lation of articles in the Missionary 
Herald, in order that the articles can 
be read by the African natives. 



January 1, 1955 



*ISSI0tfAR* 



HERALD 



_The BRETHREN 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



FORT WAYNE, IND. Rev. Mark 
Malles will move here about Jan. 3 
to become pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church. Dr. H. A. Hoyt occupied 
the pulpit during December. 

TROY. OHIO. The address of 
Frank Brill, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, is 527 N. Market. 
WINONA LAKE. IND. Rev. and 
Mrs. Jake Kliever arrived here from 
Africa on Friday, Dec. 10, to begin a 
year of furlough. They returned 
from Africa on the S. S. Queen Mary, 
along with Miss Elizabeth Tyson. 

SPECIAL. A total of 802 pupils 
are registered in the Christian day 
schools operated by the Brethren 
churches in southern California. 
Christian teachers are needed in 
these schools, and anyone interested 
in serving the Lord in this capacity 
should contact one of the following 
pastors: Dr. C. W. Mayes, Rev. 
Glenn O'Neal. Rev. Ward Miller, or 
Rev. John Aeby. Teachers will be 
needed for the 1955-56 school year. 
LONG BEACH, CALIF. A pioneer 
in radio, Dr. Charles E. Fuller, will 
at the beginning of 1955 enter his 
30th year of continuous broadcast- 
ing. From a modest beginning over 
a single California station, this pop- 
ular hour is now carried by more 
than 600 stations around the world 
each week to an audience estimated 
at ten million persons. It is the old- 
est network religious program on 
the air today. An anniversary rally 
will be held following the broadcast 
at the Long Beach Municipal Audi- 
torium on Jan. 9. Key religious and 
civic leaders will have part on the 
program. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. The Commu- 
nity Brethren Church had an aver- 



This issue of the Missionary 
Herald has gone into 8,442 homes, 
offices, and mission points, and 
will be read by approximately 
20,000 people. 



age attendance of 313 for Novem- 
ber, which is the best average in the 
history of the church. On Dec. 5, 350 
were in attendance. There are 130 
enrolled in the Christian day school. 
Rev. Ward Miller is pastor. 

PHILADELPHIA. PA. Any min- 
ister interested in the pastorate of 
the First Brethren Church is re- 
quested to contact Mr. Victor E. 
Marquart, moderator, 8241 Rising 
Sun Ave. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Rev. 
Charles Underwood has resigned as 
pastor of the Stearns Street Breth- 
ren Church, effective about March 1. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. Attendance 
continues to mount at the Grace 
Brethren Church. There were 438 
present at the morning worship serv- 
ice on Dec. 12. Spiritual victories are 
evidenced in several men being 
saved in the past few weeks. Dr. 
Bernard Schneider is pastor. 

ASHLAND. OHIO. Attendance at 
the morning worship services for 
November averaged 425. Rev. Miles 
Taber is pastor. 




WHEATON. ILL. The headquar- 
ters office of the National Associa- 
tion of Evangelicals has been moved 
from Chicago to 108 N. Main St.. 
Wheaton, 111. 

MODESTO, CALIF. The WMC of 
the McHenry Avenue Grace Breth- 
ren Church was in charge of the 
evening service on Dec. 5, presenting 
the playlet, "The Value of Family 
Devotions." Rev. Raymond Thomp- 
son is pastor. 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO. The 
Grace Brethren Church is holding 
services in its new church building 
located at 1736 E. Bailey Rd. (at 
Treash Dr.). Rev. Richard Burch is 
pastor. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA. The Atlantic 
District overnight youth rally will 
be held at the Commonwealth Ave- 
nue Brethren Church Feb. 4-5. Rev. 
Robert Markley will be host pastor. 

CORRAL DE BUSTOS, ARGEN- 
TINA. Rev. and Mrs. James Mar- 
shall are the proud parents of a 
9-lb. boy, born Dec. 17. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA. Rev. 
A. D. Cashman has accepted the 



pastoral call of the First Brethren 
Church. He will assume the pastor- 
ate about Jan. 15. 

ROANOKE, VA. The Southeast 
District overnight youth rally will 
be held at the Washington Heights 
Brethren Church Jan. 7-8. Rev. W. 
Carl Miller will be host pastor. 

HOLLIDAYSBURG. PA. Seven- 
ty-five Brethren young people from 
the Brethren churches at Altoona, 
Juniata, Leamersville, Vicksburg, 
Yellow Creek, and Martinsburg, Pa., 
assembled at the Hollidaysburg 
YMCA on Dec. 11 for a time of 
Christian fellowship. Rev. Mark 
Malles gave the devotional message. 

ROANOKE. VA. Ghent Brethren 
Church has started a weekly radio 
broadcast over WSLS. Rev. Robert 
Miller is pastor. 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO. Mr. 
and Mrs. Charles Robertson cele- 
brated their 54th wedding anniver- 
sary on Dec. 6. They are members of 
ihe Giace Brethren Church. 

NEW ORLEANS, LA. Dr. Billy 
Graham has been "quoted" by a 
secular magazine as having declared 
that it is possible for a minister to 
take part in worldly practices and 
still be a devout Christian. Dr. Gra- 
ham denies that any such statement 
was ever made, and has demanded 
that the statement be corrected. 

CHICAGO, ILL. The National 
Sunday School Association will con- 
duct two conventions in 1955, ac- 
cording to Clete Risley, general sec- 
retary. The dates are: Oct. 5-7, Spo- 
kane, Wash., and Oct. 26-28, Prov- 
idence, R. I. 



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CERTAINTIES AND 

UNCERTAINTIES OF 



1955 



If the Lord should tarry, every 
person reading this article will prob- 
ably face a new year — a year which 
we shall call 1955. It will be a year 
which will spell hardship or joy to 
everyone. It will be a year in which 
many who are now well and healthy 
will pass from our midst; a year that 
will briag many into our midst who 
are not now with us. Yes; 1955 
brings with it many uncertainties. 
No doubt the Apostle Paul faced the 
year A. D. 63 with the same uncer- 
tainty that we face today. It was 
about that year that he wrote the 
Book of Philippians. 

Paul's Confession of Shortcomings 

"'Not as though I had already at- 
tained, either were already perfect: 
but I follow after, if that I may ap- 
prehend that for which also I am 
apprehended of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 
3:12). 

Paul was thinking, as did the 
sweet psalmist of old, how change- 
able he was — how many times 
through the years he had failed the 
Lord. We shrink in shame when we 
consider the zealousness of Paul as 
compared to our own defection. 
There is no doubt but what we made 
rash promises to the Lord — promises 
that were not wrong to make — but 
we failed to let Him have His way 
with us so that they could be carried 
out effectively. Many of us found 
ourselves on top of the world one day 
only to find ourselves at the bottom 
the next. If that has been your ex- 
perience, think of the words of Paul: 
"Not as though I had already at- 
tained, either were already perfect." 
We have One who can be touched 
with the feeling of our infirmities. 

It may be that Paul was thinking 
of the changeable world. Things 
were changing rapidly in his day, 
as they are in this day. Paul remem- 
bered the solemnity of the apostles 
— the reverence that was given to 
the Lord as they first met together. 
Then he noticed a change — how 
lightly the Lord and the things of 
the Lord were esteemed. Think of 
the frivolity that has entered the 
house of the Lord in our day! Many 
children come into the house of the 
Lord today as though they were 



By REV. EDWARD LEWIS 

Pa;'ror, First Brethren Church 
Buena Vista, Va. 



entering the local gymnasium. When 
the Word of God is being taught or 
preached, they ignore it. 

When I was a boy, whenever we 
entered the church, we always 
bowed our heads and thanked God 
for the privilege of being in the 
house of God. We also waited at the 
close of the service until the piano 
finished playing before we lifted our 
heads. Today these things are ig- 
nored. 

In Paul's day candles were used 
for light — in ours it is electricity. 
Heat, in those days, was furnished 
with wood — today it is oil and gas, 
and soon they hope to be able to 
harness the atom for that use. Yes; it 
is a changeable world. 

Paul Had a Certainty of Aim 

"'But I follow after, if that I may 
apprehend that for which also I am 
apprehended of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 
3:12). 

Perhaps you had the same experi- 
ence as I did. When I entered high 
school, I was asked if I wanted the 
commercial course or the academic 
course. I didn't know, because at 
that time I had no aim in life. You 
may not be a great success in life, 
but you should have an aim. I once 
knew a young man who changed 
jobs every few weeks. It wasn't that 
he could not do the work, but be- 
cause he had no aim in life. Paul's 
aim was Christ Jesus. He attained 
unto the resurrection. I have often 
wondered, if some people are truly- 
saved, how they are going to make 
the drastic change that will be need- 
ed to fit them for heaven. 

He Had a Curtained Past 

"Forgetting those things which are 
behind" (Phil. 3:13). 

No doubt many of those things 
were worth forgetting — but on the 



other hand, many of them may have 
been worth remembering. No Chris- 
tian can live on past victories — nei- 
ther can the unbeliever. I have been 
in the home of athletes of the past. 
They have shown me some of the 
vast store of trophies they had accu- 
mulated. However, the accumulation 
of such prowess is wonderful, but 
you cannot live on it. When the last 
schoolbell rings, you must face the 
world. And although you may have 
made a fine record, remember, when 
1954 rings out and 1955 rings in, you 
have to face a new record sheet. 

A Concentration of Effort 

"This one thing I do . . . reaching 
forth unto those things which are 
before, I press toward the mark for 
the prize of the high calling of God 
in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:14). 

Paul is closing a victorious life 
for Christ, and now the goal is at 
hand. The picture is one of an ath- 
lete coming down the stretch, and 
with a last burst of strength he 
throws his arm in front of him to 
break the tape and win the prize. 
Give it all that you have. 

This brings me back to Psalm 102: 
25-27. Sure; the world does change 
and men change, but I am reminded 
that Jesus Christ is the same yester- 
day and today and forever. The 
other day I read that the authorities- 
that-be are considering changing the 
calendar year again in order to elim- 
inate the so-called mixup in Febru- 
ary every four years. And some day 
time will be no more, but at the end 
of our time is Jesus. 

An old lamplighter, after being 
saved, was giving his testimony. He 
remarked that as he turned the 
lights out one by one it reminded 
him of his salvation — there was al- 
ways another Light. 

"But," someone asked him. "what 
about it when you put out the last 
light?" 

"Then," he replied, "it is dawn, 
and I no longer need light." 

To the Christian there is a bright 
picture for 1955, whether you live or 
whether you die, for when all the 
lights of this world go out, then we 
meet the Son of Righteousness, and 
there is no night there. 



January 1, 1955 



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OUTSTANDING EVENTS IN 1954 



By V. Raymond Edman 

PRESIDENT, WHEATON COLLEGE, WHEATON, ILL. 



Viewed in the perspective of the 
past, the year of 1954 showed a 
marked upswing of interest in reli- 
gion. If we were to plot the pulse of 
public attention to matters religious 
as indicated by objective factors 
such as church attendance, evange- 
listic campaigns, space in the press, 
and the conversation of the man on 
the street, we would observe a low 
ebb in 1924 which was marked by 
open skepticism and scoffing at re- 
vealed religion; an even lower point 
in 1934 marked by the prevalence of 
Marxist philosophy and materialism 
which had largely silenced the 
prophets of faith in the days of de- 
pression; and 1944 was too preoccu- 
pied with the logistics of global war- 
fare to be able to give much atten- 
tion to things spiritual. The chart in- 
dicates, therefore, a very rapid rise 
in regard to religion by 1954; and 
from all indications the graph will 
record even greater achievements in 
1955. 

Signs of Revival 

There is considerable difference of 
opinion among evangelicals as to the 
meaning of this increased interest in 
things spiritual, or even of its exist- 
ence, but inquiry reveals that con- 
servatives in theology regard a re- 
vival of religion only in terms of the 
Welsh experience of 1904, or of the 
ministry of Charles G. Finney in the 



United States during the mid-nine- 
teenth century, or the awakening 
that swept Britain in 1859-60. The 
fact is overlooked by many that 
times of great spiritual awakening in 
the past have always been preceded 
by a period of preparation; and there 
are some who believe that such are 
the days of 1954. 

An observant foreign journalist 
wrote in April of this year his im- 
pressions of America, in which he 
stated in part: "The question to be 
asked is this: Is there merely a 
'movement' in America, or has a rev- 
olution occurred?" Opinions differ. 
Some observers think there is an in- 
teresting, nationwide movement 
which may develop into a revolution 
in the form of an historic religious 
revival. Others think the movement 
occurred some time ago, and has al- 
ready become a revolution, the ef- 
fects of which will have worldwide 
repercussions. 

The fundamental movement in 
America is a sweeping, powerful, 
all-embracing religious awakening 
which, within two years, has en- 
tirely changed public affairs. Inas- 
much as it is a Biblical revival, it is 
somewhat naturally, deeply anti- 
Communist in nature. Here are some 
facts connected with this revolution: 

1. Eighty percent of the adult 
population of America are now as- 
sociated with a church; whereas, at 
the time of the war of independence 
only 8 percent were churchgoers. 



2. Religious books sold three 
times more copies in 1953 than all 
other books on all other subjects 
combined. 

3. President Eisenhower has be- 
come a convinced churchman, and 
has only missed four times since his 
inauguration. He and his colleagues 
are deeply moved by the revival; 
Cabinet meetings open with prayer; 
many Senators attend devotional 
breakfast meetings. Newspapers find 
a religious topic better headline 
news than an international crisis. 

4. American religious activities 
are spreading overseas with an ex- 
traordinary rapidity. There is a 
sweeping reaction against secularism 
and materialism. 

Without doubt there is a very 
marked increase of interest in reli- 
gion and attention to matters spirit- 
ual; and one shares the question 
asked of me by Dr. Edward R. Elson, 
the president's pastor, when he in- 
quired: "What will the masses do 
when they begin to see that there is 
the cross central and inevitable in 
Christianity?" The future holds the 
answer to that pertinent question. 

Several outstanding factors repre- 
sent accurately the religious experi- 
ence of 1954, in my opinion. 

Britain— 1954 

A year ago the name "Harringay" 
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where in the world, and was an 
arena habituated in Britain only by 
devotees of dog races and boxing. 
In 1954 it became a household name 
among Christians the world over, 
because it became during the spring 
of the year the center of the Greater 
London Crusade led by Billy Gra- 
ham, Grady Wilson, George Beverly 
Shea, and the team from America. 

It was my privilege to be with 
Billy Graham and the team members 
at the farewell gatherings in New 
York City and on board the S. S. 
United States. We shared Billy's 
burden of heart for Britain and the 
sense of holy awe and humility with 
which the team members set out for 
the London campaign. Within a mat- 
ter of two weeks that prayer bur- 
den had been scattered throughout 
the Christian world so that not only 
hundreds of thousands of earnest 
believers in North America and 
Britain prayed earnestly for the 
campaign, but also there were peti- 
tions to the throne of grace among 
the evangelicals of Latin America in 
Spanish, Portugueses, and Indian di- 
alects; intercession in a multitude of 
African languages, in India. Indo- 
nesia, and everywhere in the world. 
Harringay had become the focal 
point of worldwide prayer. 

Of course there was great opposi- 
tion and grave misrepresentation. 
The relatively small committee un- 
der the Evangelical Alliance had 
made every possible plan, but the 
British Christians were quite unpre- 
pared for the outcry in the news- 
papers: "Bill, go home!" and "Billy, 
apologize — or stay away." Some 
members of Parliament refused to 
attend a House of Commons dinner 
for the evangelist because of a state- 
ment on "Socialism" which proved to 
be a misprint for secularism. There 
was exaggeration out of all propor- 
tion as to the personality of the 
evangelist and his purported income; 
and he was represented as a "Hot- 
gospeller" (the British equivalent of 
a "religious racketeer") and a vio- 
lent antisocialist. 

The Intelligence Digest of London 
published this statement shortly after 
the beginning of the campaign: "We 
find that: (1) He is, without doubt, 
not very partial to socialism; he 
could not possibly be part of the 
American revolution were he other- 
wise. (2) He is not a hot-gospeller — 
far from it. He is a modest — even 
humble — man. Young, matter of fact, 
a minister of religion, an athlete, 
easy going — indeed, the antithesis of 
the inflammatory hot-gospellers. (3) 



He was invited to London by one 
thousand British churches, with very 
strong Anglican support. He has 
never lectured his London audiences, 
and our impression is that to lecture 
is not in his character. He preaches 
a simple, traditional Gospel, with- 
out emotion. Many people in Britain 
would think his sermons too little 
polished for their liking. So. too, do 
many people think Eisenhower's 
speeches less polished than Church- 
ill's. There is no more to it than that. 
(4) He is paid the normal salary 
(and no more) of an American min- 
ister or clergyman of any church in 
a big city. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury 
made later comment: "It is signifi- 
cant to note how, as the campaign 
has gone on, the suspicions and hos- 
tilities which were felt by many at 
the start, have been steadily dissi- 
pated. I have spoken with many who 
went to Harringay, and I have heard 
hardly a word of adverse criticism. 
Always they have spoken of the 
simple sincerity of it all, the direct 
presentation of God's Word to man 
in Christ, the restrained but deeply 
moving impression given by it." 

The gross attendance at Harringay 
Arena and the relay services held in 
auditoriums and theaters through- 
out Britain to which the message 
was brought by radio, was in excess 
of 17,000,000. Every level of society 
was reached. As reported by a Brit- 
ish journalist, "The most extraordi- 
nary thing about the crusade was 
that an enormous number of men in 
the higher walks of life — who only a 
short time ago it would have been 
inconceivable to imagine at an evan- 
gelistic meeting — went, loved it, and 
are now intensely keen to give their 
utmost support to further and big- 
ger efforts." Equally important was 
the impact on British university stu- 
dents. 

The follow-up work was well or- 
ganized by the Navigators, and that 
important part of the evangelistic ef- 
fort has been continued since the 
close of the campaign. Among the 
reactions and impressions of church 
leaders it is important to note those 
of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 
who declared: "As we thank God for 
what this has meant to so many, the 
churches must take a lesson out of it 
for themselves. So often they do not 
begin far enough back. They expect 
people to understand whole sen- 
tences of church life and doctrine 
before they have been taught the 
letters of the Christian alphabet and 
the words of one syllable. It is the 



natural mistake of the keen teacher. 
Dr. Graham has taught us all to be- 
gin again at the beginning in our 
evangelism and speak by the power 
of the Holy Spirit of sin and right- 
eousness and of judgment." 




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U.S.A.— 1954 

From this side of the Atlantic, 
David Lawrence, the distinguished 
and incisive editor of the U. S. News 
& World Report, editorialized: "Dr. 
Graham has appeared in the role of 
an Old Testament prophet or a John 
the Baptist declaring, 'Thus said the 
Lord God,' and thousands have re- 
sponded to his message. Nineteen 
hundred years ago men were puzzled 
by the preaching of St. Paul, preach- 
ing which swept away the paganism 
of the Roman Empire and the dead 
ecclesiasticism of Judaism. The ex- 
planation which he himself gave is: 
'The preaching of the cross is to 
them that are perishing foolishness, 
but unto us which are being saved 
it is the power of God.' Is not that 
the real answer to our questions to- 
day?" 

In the Western Hemisphere large 
evangelistic endeavors have marked 
the year 1954; not only those of Billy 
Graham in cities such as Nashville 
and New Orleans, but also by cler- 
gymen such as Merv Rosell and Jack 
Shuler, and laymen like Howard C. 
Butt, of Corpus Christi. 




Latin America — 
1954 

Even in Latin America, in which 
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moved quite slowly in most places 
during the last century, 1954 was a 
new day for the Gospel. Evangelist 
Tommy Hicks, of California, began 
services in Buenos Aires with at- 
tendance of less than 5,000; and this 
grew to exceed 80,000. On one night 
in the largest football stadium in the 
city the crowd was estimated by the 
local newspapers at 200,000. Eighty 
thousand decision cards were filled 
out by seekers, and the local evan- 
gelical churches were swamped with 
converts and interested individuals. 
All the Bible and New Testaments in 
the city were eagerly bought up, and 
additional supplies demanded. 

In other Latin American countries 
evangelistic campaigns have been 
conducted, such as Trinidad, Ven- 
ezuela, and Ecuador; and others are 
planned for 1955. Youth for Christ 
International will hold a gathering 
in Brazil early in the new year. (See 
Missionary Herald, Nov. 6, 1954, p. 
698— Ed.) 




Russia— 1954 



In the past few years the impres- 
sion has gone abroad through the 
channels of Soviet propaganda that 
freedom of religion is now an estab- 
lished fact in the U. S. S. R. Whereas 
there had been bitter and brutp.l 
savagery in the 1920's and 1930's 
against religion in Russia, so that the 
churches had been confiscated to be 
used as granaries or museums of the 
godless, several thousand priests ex- 
ecuted or imprisoned until death, the 
40's have been marked by some alle- 
viation from antireligious persecu- 
tion. The Communist League of Mil- 
itant Godless had a membership of 
five and a half million in 1932; and 
that had declined to three million 
after the outbreak of the war. 

In time the early revolutionary 
and wholly theoretical objectives of 
the quality, justice, and a better life 
which were designed to be a substi- 
tute for revealed religion, proved to 
be a bitter disappointment. Soviet 
despotism was more desperate than 
that of the Czars and brotherhood 
was shown to be a bitter mockery. 
In their disillusionment the Russian 



people began their return to the 
church. 

During the war Stalin allowed the 
churches to reopen and the priests 
publicly to perform their ritual in a 
coldly calculated measure of mili- 
tary necessity. The Soviet dictator 
reasoned that he could use religion 
as a device to inflame patriotism and 
nationalism, and at the same time to 
impress his allies of official Soviet 
freedom of religion. Some church- 
men abroad believed that a new day 
had come for the Russian masses; 
and in their language, the leaven of 
Christianity would ameliorate the 
rigors of Russian atheism and mili- 
tarism. 

During last year it was observed 
by Newsweek's contributing editor, 
Leon Volkov: "Now, however, Chris- 
tianity has revived to the point 
where it is a real menace to the 
regime. If religion is, as Marx and 
Lenin contended, the opium of the 
people, then more and more Soviet 
citizens have become addicts. All the 
evidence is that the orthodox church 
is becoming an increasingly impor- 
tant force in the affairs of the Soviet 
Union." 

This threat has not gone unnoticed 
by the Soviet leaders. The newspa- 
pers have taken up the cudgels 
against religion with articles such as 
Pravda printed on "Let us spread 
scientific-atheistic propaganda." The 
promotion of atheism is being 
stepped up in the public schools. It 
is reported that in the earliest grades 
the teachers take advantage of little 
children with sophistry of this kind: 
"Children, look at this wonderful 
nature. You know who takes care 
of this nature? Our Communist par- 
ty .. . you see the trees; therefore, 
they exist. Only the things exist 
which you can see, feel, and touch 
. . . don't believe in God. God does 
not exist. You cannot sem him." 

The statistics of Soviet suppres- 
sion of religion are startling, even if 
we consider only those regarding the 
occupied countries. From Estonia, 
of whose population of 1,250,000 
three-fourths are Lutherans, 90,000 
have been deported; and only 30 
Lutheran and 3 Catholic priests re- 
main. From Lithuania 615,000 of the 
3.000,000 have been deported and 
only 340 Catholic priests of a former 
1,600 remain. In Latvia 4 Lutheran 
pastors, 13 Catholic priests, and 3 
Greek Orthodox priests have been 
murdered; 12 Lutheran pastors, 37 
Baptist ministers, 4 Roman Catholic 
priests, and 5 Greek Orthodox priests 
have been deported. In Rumania 



more than 30 percent of the parish 
priests have been dismissed and re- 
placed by Red collaborators; and in 
Czechoslovakia 10 percent of the 
priests are in jail, 15 percent in 
forced-labor camps, and 5 percent in 
exile. 




Eva r&ston— 1954 



Headline news in August 1954 was 
the Second Assembly of the World 
Council of Churches, which met in 
Evanston, 111. From 179 Protestant 
and Orthodox Church bodies there 
came 1,300 official delegates and an 
even larger number of visitors and 
newspaper correspondents. These 
delegates represented 200,000,000 
Christians in 54 nations. 

It was the observation of The 
Christian Century that "The chances 
are that Evanston will be remem- 
bered principally for its size. It 
brought more people together; it 
commanded more newspaper space; 
it stirred up more kinds of hullaba- 
loo than any non-Roman church 
gathering — the German Kirchentag 
perhaps excepted — in modern times." 

Spirited debate in the various sec- 
tional meetings preceded the deci- 
sions and declarations of the council. 
In social issues the assemly went on 
record as opposing any form of seg- 
regation based on race, color, or 
ethnic origins. To be sure, there was 
a relatively restrained protest from 
the representatives of the Dutch Re- 
formed churches in South Africa. To 
the astonishment of many outsiders 
the council accepted a committee re- 
port opposing any legislation against 
racial intermarriage. 

In matters economic the assembly 
was distinctly more conservative 
than its predecessor at Amsterdam 
in 1948. At that time there were 
strong statements against capitalism 
and the traditional American way of 
life, with strong leaning toward so- 



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cialism (and as some interpreted the 
statements, toward communism). 
The report of the Evanston discus- 
sion group on "The Responsible So- 
ciety" was critical of Marxist ideol- 
ogy, and declared private enterprise 
to be a desirable part of a national 
economy. The eulogy for the execu- 
tive and the businessman was bal- 
anced by an expression of concern 
for a more equitable distribution of 
economic goods; and the Chicago 
Tribune editorialized that the posi- 
tion of the World Council in these 
matters was approaching that of the 
GOP platform. 

In matters political it was stated 
that "no one form of government has 
a universal claim on Christians," but 
there was the added warning that 
basic human rights and political 
freedoms are essential to prevent 
tyranny. 

Peace among the nations was the 
principal burden of the pronounce- 
ments on international affairs. The 
assembly called for the prohibition 
of all weapons of mass destruction, 
and for the international inspection 
and control of atomic facilities. While 
totalitarianism was distinctly de- 
nounced it was held that there was 
no alternative in international af- 
fairs except that of "coexistence." 
The churchmen did not like that ex- 
pression, so they used the phrase 
"living together in a divided world." 

It was contended that there can be 
a development from the present 
competition among the nations to a 
genuine cooperation. Great reliance 
is to be placed on the United Na- 
tions, but the possibility of total war 
and national self-defense was recog- 
nized. 

The World Council expressed it- 
self as not desiring to become a 
world church, but to be a movement 
toward unity among Protestant and 
Orthodox communions. As one lead- 
ing official expressed the matter: 
"The council can and must work to 
create a situation in which there is 
so much in common between the 
churches that there is no adequate 
reason for them to remain separate 
from each other." 

While defining itself as primarily 
a religious gathering, the council was 
divided most seriously in matters of 
the faith. Early in the conference 
there developed sharp theological 
disagreements among the delegates, 
and these were not resolved when 
the sessions came to an end. The dif- 
ferences of opinions centered largely 
in the theme of the gathering: 

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"Christ— the Hope of the World." It 
was the observation of a keen stu- 
dent of contemporary religion that 
"most Americans tended to empha- 
size the hope for improvement here 
and now, as well as the anticipation 
of ultimate redemption. Most Euro- 
peans preferred to discount human 
progress and to put their faith in the 
world to come or in the 'Second 
Coming of Christ.' Americans em- 
phasized man's present responsibil- 
ities; Europeans placed reliance 
solely in God. There were diverse 
opinions within each group, and the 
cleavage along continental lines was 
by no means absolute. But many 
Europeans concluded that their 
American colleagues were largely 
humanistic and non-Biblical rather 
than specifically Christian, and many 
Americans found it difficult to dis- 
tinguish between current European 
theology and the fundamentalism 
that bedeviled American churches a 
generation ago." 

In seme of the discussions there 
was public castigation of American 
evangelicals who hold to the funda- 
mentals of the faith. 

Candidly did The Christian Cen- 
tury observe: "Always at Evanston, 
and not far below the surface, there 
were grim disunities which the 
World Council may at limited times 
and to limited degrees transcend, 
but which it has hardly even begun 
to dissolve .... Evanston will not be 
remembered for having carried for- 
ward the cause of Christian unity. 
It might possibly (though we hope 
not) be remembered for having 
shown how far-off and blocked-off 
the goal of unity is." 

The Message, the concluding state- 
ment of the council, is a stirring 
statement, and to much of it evan- 
gelicals can agree if the members 
meant what conservatives under- 
stand the words to mean; and there 
are conspicuous omissions. 

Income Tax 
Relaxation 

It is not often that Congress makes 
leading religious news for the year, 
but such has been the case in 1954. 
The Internal Revenue Code adopted 
this year reflects the position that 
there should be increased provision 
for religious and charitable organi- 
zations such as churches, hospitals, 
and regularly established education- 
al institutions. 



The stated purpose of the new 
income tax provisions is "to aid 
these institutions in obtaining the 
additional funds they need, in view 
of their rising costs and the relative- 
ly low rates of return they are re- 
ceiving on endowment funds." The 
principal provisions favoring reli- 




20' ! TO 30% 
FOR CHARITY 



gious and charitable enterprises are: 

( 1 ) Raising from 20 to 30 percent the 
amount a taxpayer may deduct from 
his income because of gifts to reli- 
gious or charitable organizations; 

(2) Pastors not provided with resi- 
dence or living quarters can deduct 
the cost of such housing in comput- 
ing their tax, and those providing 
their own housing may deduct the 
actual cost thereof; (3) Contribu- 
tions can be made to nonprofit burial 
and cemetery associations which are 
regarded as for charitable purposes; 

(4) Business corporations can carry 
over to future tax years charitable 
contributions made in excess of the 
5 percent of their taxable income: 

(5) A liberalization of the tax provi- 
sion for those who plan ultimately to 
give nearly all the money they would 
otherwise pay in taxes; (6) A change 
in the taxation of income from annu- 
ities which definitely favors those 
who give annuity funds to religious 
and educational institutions. 



1955--? 



By way of summary we share the 
position of the British journalist who 
declared in July of 1954 that "Britain 
and the West in general stand upon 
the threshold of the greatest spirit- 
ual awakening for many centuries." 
Will 1955 bring into clearer focus the 
cross of the Lord Jesus Christ to 
show mankind God's judgment upon 
sin, His provision for the forgiveness 
thereof, and for newness of life to 
as many as believe upon the Sav- 
iour? 



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WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE 



GOD OF TIME 



By REV. FRED WALTER 

Pastor, Aleppo Brethren Church 
Aleppo, Pa. 




We wonder what the new year 
holds for us. What is there to bring 
hope and cheer to our hearts? There 
are a number of things to cheer us 
on our way: not the least among 
these is the fact of our ever-present 
Saviour. Let us look into His Word 
for assurance and encouragement. 

As the children of Israel journeyed 
through "that great and terrible wil- 
derness" two things clearly mani- 
fested themselves: (1) A failing 
people (failing at the mount, failing 
at the rock, failing at Kadesh-bar- 
nea); (2) a faithful God, who bore 
with them in all their waywardness 
and rebellion, so that at the end of 
the 40 weary years it could be said: 
"These forty years the Lord thy God 
hath been with thee; thou hast 
lacked nothing" (Deut. 2:7). 

God had been with them and had 
provided them with — 

Food (Deut. 8:16). Some have sug- 
gested that as much as 40 trains 
would have been required to bring 
that which daily fell from heaven 
from the faithful God. 

Water (Deut. 8:15). God was faith- 
ful to His people and produced water 
from the most unlikely source, the 
dry, hard rock of flint. It was an un- 
expected but abundant supply. 

Raiment (Deut. 8:4). Think of our 





Rev. Fred Walter 



God who supplied for some two to 
three million people who were with- 
out supplies, factories, or ware- 
houses: yet their every need was 
met. 

Shoes (Deut. 8:4; 29:5). We do not 
understand the method that was 
used to supply this need, but our 
God wrought a miracle for his fail- 
ing people. 

Everything. The grand summary is 
found in Deuteronomy 2:7 — "these 
forty years the Lord thy God hath 
been with thee; thou hast lacked 
nothing." 

We may cheer our hearts with the 
fact that this is true today. God is 
faithful to His promises. He supplies 
our needs day by day (II Cor. 12:9; 
Matt. 28:20).' 

Let us look again at Israel. The 
weary march is well nigh past. Moses 
is dead; the land lies before them; 
kings are to be conquered before 
they possess it; giants are numerous; 
walled cities are vast and great — yet 
they have this promise: "Be strong 
and of a good courage . . . nor be 
afraid . . . for the Lord thy God, he 
it is that doth go with thee whither- 
soever thou goest." If Moses, the 
mighty, is dead, Joshua, Moses' min- 
ister, is alive and is the God-ap- 
pointed leader to take the multitude 
over Jordan and into the land of 
promise. Although they are still a 
failing people, and there is much 
land to be possessed, they have a 
faithful and unchanging God with 
them, assuring victory. 

As we look at Joshua 23:, 14, we 
see that God was faithful to His 
promise: "For the Lord your God is 
he that hath fought for you . . . not 
one thing hath failed of all the good 
things which the Lord your God 
spake concerning you; all are come 
to pass unto you, and not one thing 



hath failed thereof." So does God 
deal with His own today. Their years 
may be 60, 70, 80, or even 90; yet 
each one it may be said that not one 
thing hath failed of all His good 
promises. 

We have assurance from the past 
and for the present, but what about 
the future which we are now enter- 
ing? We have the promise made to 
David: "The Lord God, even my 
God, will be with thee; he will not 
fail thee, nor forsake thee" (I Chron. 
28:20). 

When David, the sweet singer of 
Israel, was ending his days, and his 
son, Solomon, was taking his place, 
David commended him not to the 
accumulated wealth, vast as that 
was, but to God. He will guard, He 
will provide. Solomon failed many 
times, but God never failed him. God 
was with a failing people 40 years in 
the wilderness; He was with a fail- 
ing King David 40 years. 

In the New Testament we see our 
Lord Jesus Christ supplying our 
greatest need, a Saviour. When we 
have, by faith in Him and His fin- 
ished work, received Christ as our 
personal Saviour, we can say, "The 
Lord my God hath been with me, is 
with me, and will be with me all 
life's journey through, until the goal 
is reached." We can enter the un- 
tried path of 1955 with a full assur- 
ance that our faithful God and Sav- 
iour will be with us. He said. "I 
will never leave thee, nor forsake 
thee," and again we have His Word: 
"He that spareth not his own Son, 
but delivered him up for us all, how 
shall he not with him also freely give 
us all things?" 

Let us then go forward in 1955 
with "good courage" and full assur- 
ance that our God will prove himself 
faithful. 



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The BRETHREN 




WMC NUMBER 



JANUARY 8, 1955 




WMC SUPPORTS GRACE BECAUSE IT IS THE HUB OF 

THE BRETHREN CHURCH 



OUR DAILY WALK IN CHRISTIAN SERVICE *y m«. Ru h A Ashman 



Some of the most beautiful pictures in the Bible are 
those of women serving the Lord in their daily walk — 
some in outstanding tasks, others in the very common 
things of life, but all glorifying and honoring the Lord 
God, and wielding an influence that was far reaching 
and sometimes changed the destinies of nations. 

We have the picture of Jochabed, with a true mother's 
heart, trusting, planning, protecting the very life of the 
baby Moses, and then raising him for a place of leader- 
ship occupied by very few; Hannah, praying for the child 
Samuel and then giving him back to the Lord with no 
reservations; the captive maid's testimony, as she serves 
in the house of the Syrian captain, responsible for the 
complete healing of Naaman, the leper; Ruth, the Moab- 
itish woman leaving all — home, country, and friends — to 
serve Naomi's God and then bringing comfort and bless- 
ing to her mother-in-law; Esther, the queen, requesting 
much prayer and following completely the instructions of 
the godly Mordecai who raised her, stepping out in faith 
and daring to go before the king, and finding favor, saved 
her people from destruction; the woman of Shunem, 
called great, because through her thoughtfulness, care, 
and hospitality, a room was added to her home that 
brought rest and relaxation to the Prophet Elisha. 

Then there is Anna, the prophetess, who "served God 
with fasting and prayer night and day," recognizing the 
infant Christ; Mary, the sister of Martha, sitting at the 
feet of Jesus to hear His words; Dorcas, "full of good 
works and almsdeeds," whose death caused the many 
widows to weep as they showed the many coats and 
garments she had made, and who, when brought back to 
life, was presented to those who loved her dearly; Lydia, 
a seller of purple, "which worshipped God . . . whose 
heart the Lord opened," who, after her baptism and that 
of her household, constrained Paul and Silas to abide at 
her home when they were at Philippi; Priscilla, who 
with her husband Aquila, took unto them Apollos, the 
orator and in a humble way expounded unto him the 
way of God more perfectly; Rhoda, the little girl who 
attended the all-night prayer meeting for Peter's release 
from prison, and whose faith recognized and constantly 
affirmed the answer when Peter appeared at the gate. 
God used all these just as He can use all born-again 
children of God who are willing to give their lives 
wholeheartedly to Him and yield to the Spirit's control. 

After all, it is the daily life of service that counts in 
the Lord's work, when in spite of the tests, the daily 



cares and discouragements, one's own burdens and those 
of others, the child of God still carries on in the strength 
of the Lord, and with a song in the heart, thankful and 
praising God always. Some might take issue that this is 
not always possible, but I am firmly convinced that it 
is not only possible but should be and is the normal 
Christian life. 

I am not referring to service that is rendered from a 
standpoint of duty, or when it is merely convenient, or 
coming from a heart that is stubborn and rebellious, self- 
willed, and one that has never been fully yielded to our 
Lord. Neither does our Saviour delight in half-hearted 
service, when, as Israel of old complained that the work 
of the Lord was becoming such a "weariness," and they 
were offering to Him the torn, lame, or sick. God de- 
clared in no uncertain words that He hated their feasts, 
because their hearts were not clean. 

I am thinking of the Apostle Paul's words, when he 
said in II Corinthians 5:14 that he was constrained by 
the love of Christ. Now we have a real motive for work- 
ing for our Master, one that will cause us to be willing to 
"gladly spend and be spent" (II Cor. 12:15), which means 
sacrificial service. In fact, the whole pattern of our daily 
walk in service will be. "THY WILL, not mine be done," 
and "Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, 
and not unto men" (Col. 3:23). Then the One Hundredth 
Psalm will become a reality in our lives — service with 
gladness and singing, praise and thankfulness for every 
opportunity of entering His house. 

What is included in this type of service? I believe it 
can all be summed up in one word, "faithfulness." 
"Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be 
found faithful" (I Cor. 4:2). Faithful to what? one might 
ask. We must be faithful to Bible study, prayer, evange- 
lism, daily witnessing, missions, and to all services of the 
church. In the study of the Psalms, I found this expres- 
sion, "Planted in the house of the Lord" (Ps. 92:13), 
meaning that there our roots should be deep. I cannot 
understand how one can profess to love the Lord but 
have no love for the house of the Lord (Heb. 10:25). 

Now this daily walk in service may mean a very 
busy, active life, one spent in teaching, in visitation, in 
the ministry or on the mission field, or it may mean one 
of just being helpful (II Cor. 12:28), or it might be a 
unique ministry from a sick bed. We do know the Lord 
makes no mistakes, and that Romans 8:28: "For we know 



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that all things work together for good to them that love 
God, to them who are the called according to his pur- 
pose," and Philippians 4:6-7, "Be careful for nothing; 
but in every thing by prayer and supplication with 
thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto 
God. And the peace of God, which passeth all under- 
standing, shall keep your hearts and minds through 
Christ Jesus" can and will be the solution to every prob- 
lem in the life of the child of God. This normal Christian 
life will bring untold joy, for we will do all for the glory 



of God, steadfastness (I Cor. 15:58), and a full reward 
(Ruth 2:12). 

Do we crave for the plaudits of man or do we desire 
to please our Lord? Very early in the Christian life I 
learned to do everything for my Lord, and then if appre- 
ciation came it was a grand surprise — if not, I was never 
disappointed, for the joy of the service of Christ can 
alone bring real happiness. Will it not be more than 
enough to just hear these words from our blessed Sav- 
iour, "Well done, good and faithful servant." 



ANNUAL WMC REPORTS 



NORTHWEST DISTRICT 

Sincere greetings from the Northwest District. Among 
other blessings, we are praising the Lord for a new 
church, with its WMC group, at Seattle, Wash. 

Our district rallies were well attended. The fall rally 
was held at Spokane, Wash., with Rev. and Mrs. Roy 
Snyder as guest speakers. The Spokane SMM girls en- 
tertained with music throughout the supper hour. At the 
spring rally in Harrah, Wash., Miss Marybeth Munn 
spoke to us three times. Our theme was "Our Precious 
Heritage," taken from Psalm 127:3: "Lo, children are 
an heritage from the Lord." Throughout the day we 
tried to show our responsibility as WMC members to the 
youth of the church. We used a four-leaf shamrock as a 
symbol, with each leaf representing a youth group: (1) 
the family altar; (2) child evangelism; (3) SMM girls; 
(4) young people's camp. 

At our district meeting in July our theme was "Ex- 
amination Days," taken from II Corinthians 13:5, "Ex- 
amine yourselves." Our examination papers were the 
district officers' reports on the first day, and reports from 
the local presidents on the second day. Rev. Wayne 
Beaver and Mrs. Harold Etling were our guest speakers. 

We gave $355.84 into the district treasury during the 
year for projects and district work. Six councils gave to 
all the national offerings as well. The district projects 
were $100 toward the purchase of chairs for the Seattle 
Sunday school and $100 to be used at Camp Clear Lake. 
We plan to give another $100 to the camp as our first 
project for this new year. 

The local projects were many and varied. Each council 
furnished an article for the Don Bishop outfit, such as 
pillows, teakettle, sewing notions, dress materials, a 
pasteurizer, volleyball and net, etc. Things were done for 
missionaries on furlough: such as missionary hope chest 
gifts, aprons and nightgowns for African medical work, 
etc. Many groups met local church needs; such as 
kitchen supplies, cleaning and painting of local churches, 
flower baskets for the pulpit, baptistry robes, choir capes 
for junior choirs, etc. Showers, mother-daughter, father- 
son, and "family night" suppers were sponsored through- 
out the year. 

Dinners were served at times of funerals, and Christ- 
mas and Thanksgiving baskets were given to the needy. 
One small group sent shelled beans to Taos, N. Mex., as 
well as a notion shower for the WMC women there. One 
group sponsored a "Family Altar" class, taught by the 
pastor. Canned fruit and vegetables, comforters, and 
used clothing were sent to local rescue missions, as well 



as to Taos and Counselor's Post, N. Mex. Several helped 
with child evangelism work in various ways, including a 
food shower for the child evangelism leaders in one 
locality. 

Altogether we feel that the Lord has given us a won- 
derful year and we truly thank Him for it. — Mrs. Ernest 
Morrell, retiring president. 



IOWA DISTRICT 

We of the Iowa District present our greetings to our 
fellow districts, sincerely rejoicing in what the Lord is 
accomplishing through each of you. 

Iowa has only six councils and a total membership of 
185, but all six had a part in the major offering, the 
Thank offering and the Birthday offering. All likewise 
supported our district projects. We all used the program 
packets and followed the Bible reading. Two, however, 
do not observe a special day of prayer, nor use the 
Prayer Covenant cards. 

We much enjoyed our fellowship together at the fall 
and spring rallies and the midsummer district confer- 
ence. Our speakers were: Mrs. Roy Snyder, Miss Clara 
Schwartz, Dr. Barnard, and Dr. Grubb. We also enjoy 
having with us on these occasions our associate council, a 
fundamental Church of the Brethren of Des Moines, who 
fellowship with us. 

Our district projects were: we bought a communion 
set for the new work at Davenport. Iowa, for $23; sent 
$124 to help with the Schrock children's education; con- 
tributed $87 for DVBS material for Taos; gave $20 
toward the upkeep of the Missionary Residence, and 
gave a total of $70 in love gifts to our missionary speak- 
ers. 

Our prayer is that we may ever be one in the Lord 
together with you all, and that our labor may ever be 
for His glory. Yours in His grace. — Mary Emmert. 



WMC OFFICIARY 



President— Mrs. Kenneth Ashman. 205 Ihrig Ave.. Wooster. Ohio. 
Vice President— Mrs. Miles Taber. 314 Dorchester St.. Ashland. Ohio. 
Recording Secretary — Mrs. Lester Pifer. Box 195. Winona Lake. Ind. 
Assistant Secretary— Mrs. Adam Rager. 21715 S. Norwalk Blvd.. 

Artesia. Calif. 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. Chester McCall, 3421 W. 82d PI.. 

Inglewood, Calif. 
Literature Secretary— Mrs. Jesse Deloe. Box 251. Winona Lake. Ind. 
Editor— Mrs. Ben Hamilton, Box 701, Winona Lake. Ind. 
Prayer Chairman— Mist Mary Emmert. Dallas Center. Iowa. 
Patroness of SMM— Mrs. Arnold Kriegbaum, Box 14. Winona Lake. 

Ind. 



January 8, 1955 



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A NECESSITY IN EVERY CHRISTIAN HOME 



By Rev. H. W. Koontz 



Family worship, once considered to be an absolute 
necessity in many Christian homes, is today fighting a 
life-and-death battle to survive. It has to struggle 
against the many attractions that now draw the family 
away from home; it must compete in the home with the 
newspaper, magazine, radio, and television; it has to 
make itself important enough to command the attention 
of the members of the home who are caught in the con- 
fusion of this fast-moving age. Because of these prob- 
lems the great proportion of our Christian homes are 
afraid to give family worship a trial; some who have 
tried have given up in despair; a small and faithful rem- 
nant continue in spite of all the difficulties and handi- 
caps. To these who will not let go of this age-old Chris- 
tian institution there will come many blessings from the 
Lord. 

Let us first of all consider why it is necessary that 
every Christian home have a family altar. It gives God 
and His Word a proper place in the home. The heathen 
have their houses filled with their idols of wood and 
stone, and they are not slow in letting the world know 
that these things hold a central place in their lives. Fam- 
ily worship is the Christian's testimony within and with- 
out the home to the true God and His infallible Word. 
From the hour of the exchange of the marriage vows 
there are numerous adjustments that must be made by 
the husband and wife that if not made properly may 
break up the home. Family devotions started in the 
newly founded home and continued consistently down 
through the years will solve such problems and thus 
preserve the home and keep love intact between husband 
and wife. The family altar will be a tower of strength 
when crisis hits the home — the serious illness of the hus- 
band or wife, the death of a son or daughter, the attacks 
of Satan, the fear of what might come in the future. 
Finally, it is one of the best ways of leading the children 
by example and teaching to accept the Lord Jesus Christ 
into their lives. The example of faith manifested by the 
parents as they read the Bible and pray will make the 
strongest possible impression upon tender hearts. In 
due time the Holy Spirit will use the Bible to do its con- 
victing work and lead the children one by one to Jesus 
Christ. The parents will receive the reward before the 
Lord for bringing their little lambs into the fold. 

If family devotions can be instrumental in doing these 
four things, then Christians should cast all obstacles 
aside and establish it at once. But how? This question is 
asked by many. The following suggestions may help. The 
initiative should be taken by the Christian father. This 
is God's plan. God has entrusted headship to the man, 
and with this position there go certain responsibilities, 
among which is child training in the ways of the Lord. 
If the father for one reason or another will not assume 
his responsibility, then lest there not be family worship, 
the mother may have to take the lead. 

What should be the content of family worship? The 
daily devotions should have as the very minimum the 
reading of a portion of the Bible and prayer, for in the 
reading of the Word we hear God speaking to us and in 
prayer we are able to speak to God. Both are necessary. 
The length of the devotional period should be decided 
by the ages of the children. Since there is no set rule, 
changes in the order of the service will be helpful. 
Sometimes all members may read and pray, at other- 



times one member may read and pray. We should avoid 
having the devotions become something that the chil- 
dren, and maybe the parents, do merely because of 
necessity and are glad when it is over. In some cases 
the singing of a chorus, song, or hymn will help the 
time of worship. When questions arise from the Bible 
reading, they should be answered as a part of the devo- 
tional hour. This is also a good time to quote memory 
verses. 

Now as to the time for the daily devotions. This is a 
major problem, but not an impossible one. When the 
children are small, it should not be too hard a problem 
to find the time when the husband and wife are at home 
at the same time. The situation becomes more acute 
when the children are grown and employed at different 
hours. Then a family council will be necessary to set the 
best time for the largest number who can be present. 
Changing working conditions may make it necessary to 
change the time for the family altar. A time in the morn- 
ing, noon, or evening can usually be found when all are 
at home if there is a genuine desire for family worship. 
Right after the meal when the family is present works 
well in some homes. Ask the Lord to arrange the time 
by changing working conditions if necessary. Anything 
that is worthwhile will take determination on our part 
and a dependence upon God to do the impossible. The 
family altar is important enough to demand the atten- 
tion of both the family and God to establish it. 

Rear you an altar that will last forever, 

Longer than any shafts or marble dome; 
Erect it there beside your own heart fire — 

The chaste, white family altar in the home. 
Chisel the Word of God upon the waiting 

Hearts and minds of the dear ones gathered there; 
The blowing" sands of time will not erase it, 

Nor friction dim the imprint of your prayers. 

For memory will hold those chiseled letters, 

And prayer shall be imbedded in the heart. 
O father, mother, rear that lasting altar, 

And the children whom you love will not depart 
From the way of life. The Word will last forever. 

Though earth and heaven itself will pass away. 
If you have not yet begun the building 

Of the eternal altar — begin today. 

— 3,000 Illustrations for Christian Service. 



OUR PROJECT 

We are now midway in the quarter in which we de- 
vote our thoughts and gifts to our second great national 
offering — the Christian Education Offering. 

This year we have set a great goal for ourselves. We 
are hoping for $2,000 for Grace Seminary and $1,000 for 
the office equipment needed by the Sunday School and 
Youth Boards. The offering for Grace will be used to 
buy the additional pews needed to finish the rear of the 
chapel and bring it into harmony with the rest of the 
chapel. 

The gift for the Sunday School Board will provide 
them with equipment that will make possible the send- 
ing of materials throughout our brotherhood. 

May we as women get behind this offering and put it 
over the top. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 




Do doubt you are wondering what has happened to 
our news! Fact is, we haven't had space to print it. I 
have quite a folder of letters and cards that have col- 
lected during these months when we have been printing 
district reports. This month brings us to the last of them, 
so we can look forward to local news once again. 

Your editor must admit that the news items may seem 
a bit "flighty" this month because she is fairly flying 
herself tonight. Suddenly, like a bolt from the blue, we 
decided this afternoon to fly home to California tomor- 
row for Christmas, providing we could get reservations 
on the plane on which our niece was going home. The 
Lord gave us those reservations, so we are finishing this 
Herald copy amid pressing, packing, putting our house 
in order, etc. Ere you read this we will be back at our 
tasks at the seminary, but we hope to see many of our 
California WMC members. 

A glance through the letter file brings to light reports, 
long overdue, on several fall rallies. 

Indiana District held their rally at Clay City on Octo- 
ber 14. Mrs. George Cone, Jr., was the guest speaker in 
the morning. The feature of the afternoon was a skit 
presented by the district officers, emphasizing the na- 
tional objectives and offerings. It was entitled "Before 
the Set Date." 

The Iowa District held its rally on October 22, with 
Miss Irona Abuhl, of the Sudan Interior Mission, as 
guest speaker. 

The California District met at South Pasadena. Their 
program presented a real panorama of the WMC pro- 
gram for the year. There were 176 women present and 
25 babies in the nursery. 

The Atlantic District got the jump on many others 
with their rally at Philadelphia Third Church on Sep- 
tember 6. Mrs. Wayne Beaver was the guest speaker. 

Another district rally held on October 21 was that of 
Michigan. It was held at New Troy, with Mrs. Russell 
Barnard as guest speaker. The district president is very 
much interested in the growth of WMC. She visits her 
local councils and recently organized a new council at 
Ozark. Mich. A number of new councils have been or- 
ganized this year in other districts also, and we hope 
to make due recognition of them next month in the 
Herald. 

The Southeast District rally was held at Radjord, Va., 
on September 23, with some seventy ladies present. The 
morning session was spent discussing the national ob- 
jectives. In the afternoon a skit was presented by the 
Covington ladies designed to promote more interesting 
programs and Christian service. The speaker of the 
afternoon was Mrs. Edward Bowman, former national 
WMC president. 

The following excerpt from a letter from Gladys Ran- 
dall, of Dallas Center, Ioioa, speaks for itself: "Since a 
report was given in the paper regarding the Red Cross 
chapter of Des Moines being a gold mine for bandages, 
let me straighten things out, if possible. I have learned 



TEN REASONS FOR A FAMILY ALTAR 

1. Because it will send you forth to daily tasks with 
a cheerful, heart more determined to do your work to 
the glory of God (Col. 3:17). 

2. Because the family altar will help you to face with 
boldness the tests and trials of the day (Heb. 2:18). 

3. Because it will make you conscious of the abiding 
presence of the Holy Spirit, by whom we are made to be 
conquerors (Phil. 4:4-7). 

4. Because it will sweeten the homelife and enrich 
family relations (Eph. 6:1-9). 

5. Because it will help dissolve misunderstandings 
and remove friction between individuals (Rom. 12:9-11). 

6. Because the family altar will hold the children and 
lead them to Christ, and send them on rejoicing in their 
young Christian lives (II Tim. 3:15-17). 

7. Because it will exert helpful and wholesome influ- 
ence over those who may at any time be guests in your 
home (Rom. 4:7-9). 

8. Because it will enforce the work of your pastor in 
pulpit and pew, and thus will stimulate the work of your 
church in its activity to reach the lost (Rom. 15:6-7). 

9. It will furnish an example and stimulate others to 
live the Christian life (Acts 2:26-48). 

10. Because the Word of God requires it, and by 
keeping it we honor our Lord (Rom. 12:1-2). 

— Rev. Henry Rempel's church calendar. 



recently that the Des Moines Red Cross has received 
orders for bandages to ship to Africa, and it is evidently 
from Brethren foik. Here is the situation: The Red Cross 
makes cancer pads from thin sheets for use in the city 
hospitals. I have a friend who spends one day per week 
there, and in a conversation she revealed to me that 
they had burned a big supply of material like we would 
use for bandages. I spoke of our need for material for 
bandages for Africa, and she very kindly began to save 
the leftover material from their work for us at Dallas 
Center. Through them we have received material for 
hundreds of bandages. They do not, however, make 
bandages to ship. They are a very busy group and I 
trust this will get things straight for them. Perhaps other 
cities have Red Cross chapters where leftover material 
might be available. 

A report from the Lake Odessa, Mich., council an- 
nounces that they have been busy helping others — send- 
ing boxes of foodstuffs to the Fogies and to Evelyn 
Fuqua, canning food and cooking for the young people's 
camp, and helping send needy children to Camp Beth- 
any. They have also stopped paying "dues" in favor of 
freewill offerings. 

The following item from South Pasadena, Calif., has 
been sent to the editor to share with the other councils: 
"At a recent meeting of the WMC the president felt led 
to ask for a verse of Scripture and a testimony in answer 
to rollcall. The result was that we never did get to the 
message of the evening because the Lord used His Word 
and the testimonies to speak to our hearts. It wasn't 
ended when the last person had given her testimony 
because several members had more words of praise, 
thanksgiving, and exhortation to give. When the meet- 
ing closed, after refreshments, it was unanimously 
agreed that it was one of the most inspiring and re- 
freshing meetings we had had for a long time." 



January 8, 7955 



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Who's Who for January 




Homer A. Kent, Jr. 



Homer A. Kent, Jr., the writer of our Bible study for 
January, was born at Washington, D. C, on August 13, 
1926, the eldest son of Rev. and Mrs. Hcmer a Kent, at 
the time his father was pastor of 
the First Brethren Church in 
Washington. 

Homer was taught to trust Jesus 
from earliest childhood and made 
his first public confession at the 
age of seven in a Sunday-school 
decision service conducted by his 
father. Several weeks later he 
was baptized in a service in which 
Ralph Gilbert, a boyhood pal and 
also now a professor in Grace 
College, was also baptized. It was 
in a summer camp in Virginia that Homer publicly dedi- 
cated himself to the Lord for His service. 

Homer spent his elementary school days in Washing- 
ton. His family moved to Winona Lake in 1940, when his 
father was called to the faculty of Grace Theological 
Seminary. Three of his high-school years were spent at 
the Warsaw find.) high school and the fourth at Bob 
Jones Academy. 

He went on to Bob Jones University, and, completing 
his work in three years, he graduated in 1947 with 
honors. He then entered Grace Seminary, where he re- 
ceived the B. D. degree in 1950, and the Th. M. degree 
in 1952. 

While a senior in the seminary he began to teach in 
the college division. The following year, while working 
on his master's degree, he taught several Greek courses 
in the college. In the fall of 1951 he joined the Grace 
Seminary faculty full time in the department of Greek 
and New Testament. 

Homer was ordained to the Brethren ministry in Feb- 
ruary 1951. He does considerable preaching over the 
weekends, is a member of the National Brethren Youth 
Fellowship Board, and wrote the Brethren Teacher's 
Quarterly for two quarters. 

Homer was married August 11, 1953, to Beverly Page, 
in the First Brethren Church of Long Beach, Calif. 



S. Wayne Beaver was born June 2, 1918, at Ganges, 
Ohio. His parents. Rev. and Mrs. R. S. Beaver, now live 
at Somerset, Ohio, where his father is a minister in 
the Evangelical and Reformed 
Church. One sister lives in Prov- 
idence, R. I., where her husband 
is a teacher in the Providence Bi- 
ble Institute. Another sister is 
serving as a missionary in Brazil 
with her husband. His brother, 
Dr. Harold Beaver, is a professor 
at Baylor University, Waco, Tex. 

After grade and high school in 
various places where his father 
served as pastor, Wayne attended 
Wheaton College for two years. 
He graduated from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 
in 1940, receiving his B. A. degree, with a major in his- 



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tory. After attending Dallas Theological Seminary for 
one year, he transferred to Grace Theological Seminary, 
from which he graduated in 1943 with the B. D. degree. 
While attending Grace he became a member of the First 
Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

On August 7. 1943, he married Dorothy Mae Wolf, of 
Huntington Park, Calif., whom he met at Grace Sem- 
inary. They sailed for Africa in June of 1944 and have 
completed two full terms of service. They returned to 
the field in December 1954 after their second furlough. 
Brother Beaver was missionary pastor at the Yaloke 
station for some months after first arriving on the field. 
His sphere of missionary service now is at the Institut 
Biblique at Bozoum, where he serves as dean. 

The Beavers have three children — Mary Hope, John 
Wayne, and James Stephen. A fourth child, Philip Ned, 
went to be with the Lord on June 2, 1953. He was just 
past six months of age. 

Wayne is the author of our mission study for the 
month on the importance of Grace Seminary in the 
training of a missionary. 



S. Wayne Beaver 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS FOR MARCH 

Ajrica — 

Mr. Albert Balzer March 1 

B. P. 210. Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 
Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver March 2 

Bozoum via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 
Verna Marie Dunning March 10, 1945 

Bozoum via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Judith Lynn Kennedy March 16, 1953 

M'Bniki via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Barbara Jean Miller March 18, 1951 

Mission a Nzoro, Bocaranga via Bozoum via Bangui, French 
Equatorial Africa. 

Diana Ruth Taber March 25, 1954 

Mission a Bassai. Bozoum via Bangui. French Equatorial 
Africa. 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 

Mission a Bassai, Bozoum via Bangui, French Equatorial 
Africa. 

Argentina — 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

Bdo. de Irigoyen 564, Jose Marmol, F. C. N. G. R.. Argentina, 
S. A. 

France — 
Beckie Maurita Fogle March 17, 1948 

86 Chemin de Vassieux. Caluire et Cuire. Rhone, France. 

Hawaii — 
Rev. Foster Tresise March 20 

2377 E. Manoa Rd., Honolulu T. H. 

Mexico — 

Thomas Alden Howard March 17, 1953 

406 Mary Ave., Calexico, Calif. 

John Leroy Howard March 20, 1946 

406 Mary Ave., Calexico, Calif. 

In the United States — 
Kenneth Paul Churchill March 5, 1947 

5516 Oliva Ave.. Lakewood 11. Calif. 

Mrs. Chauncey B. Sheldon March 21 

1865 St. Louis Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



SISTERHOOD TH£M£~ 1954 ~ 1955 



Col. MO 




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SWEET SOMETHINGS 



(COL. 4:6) 



By Ava Schnittjer 



Scripture: Matthew 12:33-37. 

"Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with 
salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every 
man" (Col. 4:6). 

MISS CHAD WELL: We have reached the halfway 
mark in our journey through Colossians "In His Foot- 
prints." We've talked of our map, our Guide, His power 
in us, and other subjects relative to our walk. Tonight 
our subject is our "talk." We sometimes hear the say- 
ing, "Actions speak louder than words." How important 
is your speech? 

ESTHER: It's very important, because it reveals what 
is in your heart. "Out of the abundance of the heart, the 
mouth speaketh." 

JANE: Not only that, but it is by our speech that 
others know our love for the Lord. In Acts 11:14 Peter, 
in telling how the Spirit sent him to Cornelius to testify 
to him, said: "Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou 
and all thy house shall be saved." The Lord uses our 
speech to win others. 

ESTHER: And that is the thing Paul is talking about 
here because in verse 5, where he speak? of their walk, 
he says "toward them that are without." In verse 6, the 
reason he gives for our care in speech is "that ye may 
know how ye ought to answer every man." 



PROGRAM GUIDE FOR FEBRUARY 

THEME SONG— Sing the theme song, "Footprints of 
Jesus," and repeat year's verse, Colossians 1:10. 

TALENT — Here's an opportunity for those of you who 
need to meet the goal which requires you to take part 
in a devotional meeting. We should always be ready 
and willing to do something for our Lord. 

LIFE'S RO ADM AP— Read the Scripture, Matthew 12: 
33-37. 

PRAYER CIRCLE— This should be a time of real fel- 
lowship with the Lord and with one another. The Lord 
is ready to hear the prayers of His children. 

HELP FOR OUR CHRISTIAN WALK— Seniors study 
"Sweet Somethings"; Middlers study "Prepared Unto 
Glory." 

PRAISE TO HIM— Sing a number of favorite choruses 
and have a time of testimonies. 

LEARNING THE PAST— Consider "History of the 
Brethren Church." 

SMM BENEDICTION— Sing another stanza of theme 
song, "Footprints of Jesus," and close with benedic- 
tion. 

BUSINESS MEETING. 



ALICE: Shouldn't we have the same answer for 
everyone? 

MARY: That isn't the way our Lord did His work on 
earth. He looked at each individual's need and then pre- 
sented eternal life to him in a way he could understand. 
He told the fishermen He would make them "fishers of 
man." As the woman of Samaria filled her pitcher with 
water. He promised her water so she would never thirst 
again. 

MISS CHADWELL: Paul did the same thing in his 
preaching. When he was at Athens, where they were 
worshiping all kinds of gods, he didn't immediately tell 
them how idolatrous and brutish they were, even if it 
was true. He realized that error is like a sore that must 
be neither neglected nor roughly handled but touched 
gently, in a healing manner. Paul praised them for being 
devout, and then, looking at their altar to the unknown 
god, he preached to them the true God. 

ALICE: But how can we know how to do something 
like that? I realize we must study the Word to know all 
these things, but still I feel I don't know how to speak to 
people. 

MISS CHADWELL: We should consider the phrase 
"with grace." Margaret is to tell us what it means. 

MARGARET: "With grace" sometimes means "agree- 
ably" or "in a pleasing manner." It is probably good ad- 
vice for worldly success to make our speech always 
"pleasing," but something deeper is meant in this pas- 
sage. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all 
wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another" (Col. 
3:16). Whatever you say should show the influence of 
God's Spirit in your heart, which will mold and sanctify 
your speech. The speech of the one in whom the Spirit 
abides will be truly beautiful, and His wisdom will help 
that person to know how to answer each one. Those 
who read and love great authors often catch their style 
of writing. In the same way, if we converse much with 
God, listening to His voice in our hearts, our speech will 
have in it an echo of the voice of God. Our accent will 
betray our country. The truest grace in speech comes not 
from voice culture, though it may be good, but from 
heavenly grace, the beauty caught from God. 

MISS CHADWELL: Jane and Joan were to investi- 
gate the uses of salt and see how these uses apply to 
speech — how it can be seasoned with salt. 

JOAN: Salt was used in the sacrifice. 

JANE: Let the sacrificial salt be applied to all our 
words; let all we say be offered up to God, "a sacrifice 
of praise to God continually." 

JOAN: Salt is used as a preservative to keep things 
from spoiling. 

JANE: "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of 



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your mouth" (Eph. 4:29). Frivolous talk, dreary gossip, 
ill-natured talk, idle talk, any foul or wicked words will 
be silenced when your speech is seasoned with salt. But 
it will have a preservative flavor which will influence 
for good, the mind and heart of those who are without. 

JOAN: Salt has the power of giving savor or distinc- 
tive taste to food. 

JANE: Our speech as Christian girls shouldn't be in- 
sipid, but it should possess a pungency which will excite 
interest in the one we are talking to, a seasoning which 
will make it relished by those who hear it. Many reci- 
pes say, "Salt to taste." Salted speech doesn't deal in 
bland generalities but fits close to the characteristics and 
needs of those to whom it is spoken. Individual charac- 
teristics determine the wise way to approach each per- 
son. Among our friends are girls of all kinds, with all 
kinds of interests. It's better for us to fish with a rod 
than a net. We need boldness to speak for God, but wis- 
dom to know how to speak to each girl; we need the 
dignity that accompanies our message, but graciousness 
to reach the heart of another girl; we need integrity to 
please God, but kindness and sympathy to conciliate 
other girls. 

MISS CHADWELL: You have discovered many truths 
in this passage which should make you more effective 
witnesses to other girls. Some can talk animatedly of 
anything but the Saviour. Then timidity, misplaced rev- 
erence, a dread of seeming self-righteous, or natural re- 
serve seem to close their mouths. But remember, out of 
the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. All 
these barriers would be floated away if a great stream 
of feeling were flowing from the heart. What fills the 
heart will overflow by the floodgates of speech. So the 
real reason for the silence in which many Christians 
conceal their faith is the small quantity of it there is to 
conceal. 

ALICE: Our problem then is to look to God. that by 
the Holy Spirit we may be so filled with this grace that 
we may effectively testify the Gospel of the grace of 
God. 

MARY: Our valentine message won't be "Sweet Noth- 
ings" but "Sweet Somethings" because it contains the 
words of eternal life. 



NATIONAL HONORS! 




Announcing the Winners 

OF THE WRITING CONTEST OF 1953-54 

Short Story— Jean Pittman, Harrah, Wash., Sr. SMM. 
Poem — Donna Johnson, Albany, Oreg., Middler SMM. 
Honorable Mention — Geraldine Gillin, Mundy's Cor- 
ner, Pa.; Charleen Spivey, Portis, Kans. 

Congratulations to all of you! Which should remind 
you other girls — begin now to work on an entry for this 
year's contest. Let's have some entries that will be hard 
for the judges to choose winners! 



PREPARED UNTO GLORY 



By Mrs. James Dixon 

In learning to walk worthy of the Lord we have found 
we must put off certain manners of living which are 
characteristic of the old nature. We must put to death 
sexual immorality, dirty-mindedness, uncontrolled pas- 
sion, evil desire, covetousness. We must also put off 
anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy talking, and all 
lying. But the Christian life is not merely an undressing. 
It is a dressing. 

Colossians 3:10 tells us to "put on the new man." This 
is the new nature we received when we were born again. 
In our first birth we received a nature that is bent on 
sinning. But when we are born again, we receive a new 
nature that is bent on righteousness. 

Adam was made in the image and likeness of God. 
But Adam sinned. The image was marred. The born- 
again person is being renewed after the image of his 
Creator (Col. 3:10). 

This renewing comes through knowledge of God. 
First, we must come to know Him as Lord and Saviour. 
Then the more we learn to know Him through the study 
of His Word and through fellowship with Him, the more 
we shall be renewed in His image. We shall have perfect 
knowledge when we shall see Him face to face and we 
shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. This is 
the goal of our redemption, that we should be like Him. 
Romans 9:23 says we are "prepared unto glory." II 
Thessalonians 2:14: "He called you by our gospel, to the 
obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ." This is 
the hope that purifies a man's life. I John 3:9: "And 
every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, 
even as he is pure." 

Just to think that we shall share Christ's own likeness, 
His own glory, is almost more than we can comprehend. 
Let us bow our hearts to the God of all grace, to the 
God who is love and praise Him forever. 



Here is a picture of the Pike Brethren Junior Sister- 
hood, which was the Sisterhood that received the trophy. 
They now have a group of 18 girls . . . makes some of the 
older groups, including the senior SMM groups look 
small. Congratulations! 



SMM OFFICERS 

President — Myra Joy Conner, Bryan University. Dayton. Term. 

Vice President — Amy Lou Bracker. Winona Lake, Ind. 

General Secretary — Nancy Weber. 835 Spruce St.. Hagerstown, Md. 

Treasurer — Mary Hooks, Box 262, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Literature Secretary — Carole Sue Quartz. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Bandage Secretary — Marie Sackett. 1010 Randolph St.. Waterloo, 
Iowa. 

Patroness— Mrs. Arnold Kriegbaum. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Leslie Moore, 112 Beachley St., Meyers- 
dale, Pa. 



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HISTORY OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH— VI b v m«. ceroid Poim*. 



At this place in our study of the history of cur denom- 
ination, we come to a very interesting development. This 
is known as the Ephratah (Ef'-ra-ta) movement. It was 
the establishment of the Seventh Day Baptists, who 
were an offshoot from the Dunkers or Tunkers. Our own 
denomination has no connection with this movement 
other than that we have the same origin and ordinances. 

Conrad Beisel had been baptized and accepted in the 
Brethren Church in 1724. About a year later he became 
convinced that the Brethren were wrong in not wor- 
shiping on the Sabbath or seventh day. Beisel left his 
congregation and went to a secluded spot in what is now 
Lancaster County, Pa. Here he was followed by a few 
of his former congregation. 

By 1734 a small settlement of Beisel's followers was 
estab'ished in what is now Ephratah. Besides observing 
the Sabbath, they were at first a monastic society. The 
men and women renounced their marriage vows and 
lived as monks and nuns. They adopted a distinctive 
dress, consisting of a shirt, trousers, vest, and a long 
white gown. The sisters dressed the same except for 
the substitution of petticoats for trousers. 

This monastic life was not long a requirement of 
membership in the sect. Small cottages were built 
around the two main buildings to accommodate fam- 
ilies. It was largely a communistic community where all 
worked for the common good. But it was also a republic 
where all enjoyed equality. 

They were an industrious and frugal people, building 
their own buildings, operating a gristmill, sawmill, oil- 
mill, papermill, and a printing press. The sisters worked 
at sewing, knitting, spinning, weaving, and copying 
books and music by hand. 

Their life was very rigid, with very plain food and a 
steady schedule of work. Their beds were narrow boards 
and blocks of wood for pillows. It would naturally seem 
that they must have been a rough and hard-working 
group of people. But all reports agree that they were a 
most sweet, meek, gentle, and devoted group. They were 
hospitable to all who came their way. Their buildings 
were used as a hospital for General Washington and his 
troops during the Revolutionary War when they were 
at Valley Forge. 

The Cloisters, as they came to be known, were espe- 



PRAYER REQUESTS 

Pray for the national of- 
ficers, as they have a great 
deal of work to do. Also 
remember the district and 
local officers. 

Pray that the National 
Project Goal will be 
reached and even exceed- 
ed. 

Pray that the SMM girls 
everywhere will be blessed 
through the articles pre- 
pared for them in the Her- 
ald. 

Pray for the writers of 
this year and next, for 
they are all asking God's 
will in their topics. 




ci.illy noted for their singing. Conrad Beisel was a fine 
musician and he composed the music sung there. It was 
a very distinctive kind — entirely unknown to us today. 
All of the music was written in five, six, or eight parts. 
The whole was sung in falsetto voices, the singers 
scarcely opening their mouths or moving their lips. They 
had nearly 1,000 pieces of music. H. R. Holsinger, who 
has written "History of the Tunkers," from which most 
of the material for these articles has come, testifies to 
the moving quality of the music. 

Though at the time Holsinger heard the music he was 
not a Christian, he could not hear the music without 
tears because of its great beauty. It was not only music 
fcr the ear, but music for the soul. 

There are many interesting things about the Ephratah 
movement which we cannot touch upon here. Today the 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has taken over the 
ruins of the Cloisters and is gradually restoring the an- 
cient buildings. For any who live in the vicinity of the 
Cloisters, or pass close by, a visit there will be interest- 
ing and profitable to you. 




1. You haven't forgotten about Valentine's Day, have 
you? This would be a wonderful opportunity for you to 
HOP along in your Sisterhood group and remember the 
young people in your church away at school or in the 
armed services. They would appreciate anything in the 
way of candy or cookies that you could have fun mixing 
together. They like to know that somebody cares for 
them, too! 

2. Have you made plans for your spring cabinet 
meeting yet? This is the time to take an inventory of 
what you have done and what you have yet to SKIP 
along and do in your goals. 

3. Each one of you should really JUMP at this won- 
derful offer! SMM pins may be obtained at the low price 
of 50c apiece. These sterling silver pins were originally 
75c. Order yours immediately from the national litera- 
ture secretary, Carole Sue Quartz. 

Note — This month emphasize articles for the mission- 
ary men instead of women in filling your missionary 
hope chest. 



"FOLLOW THE LEADER" 

Yes; we'd like a large number of girls to follow in the 
steps of CAROLYN OBERHOLTZER, who has already 
memorized the Book of Colossians. Congratulations, 
Carolyn, on being the first one to complete this personal 
goal! It isn't very hard to memorize a passage from the 
Bible when you consider the spiritual reward for doing 
it. Put forth an honest effort, won't you? You'll never 
regret it! 



January 8, 1955 



2S 



THE GREAT DECISION (Writing Contest Winner of Last Year) By Miss Jean Pittman 



Debbie Jones stood with feet planted in the middle of 
the floor, and surveyed her room. Never in her life had 
things looked so old-fashioned and desolate. Her heart 
throbbed and her eyes blurred as she struggled to hold 
back the ocean of tears that welled up inside her and 
threatened to overflow. Suddenly she threw herself on 
her bed and her body was racked with great uncon- 
trollable sobs. Her thoughts were all a turmoil as she 
remembered the reason for her unhappiness. All because 
of Mary Jo and that crazy Sisterhood meeting! 

Just last Monday it was. She had been standing by the 
ramp of the gym when Bob Henderson came by. Bob 
Henderson! Her heart had beat so loudly that she was 
sure he must have heard it! She almost laughed now at 
the way she had felt so panic-stricken. But something — 
she will always believe it was fate — had made him slip 
on an old gum wrapper and spill the coke he was drink- 
ing all over the front of her new green plaid skirt. How 
she treasured that skirt, for it would always remind her 
of that first time. Being the gentleman that he was. he 
had stopped to apologize for it, and as an indirect ending 
of this little episode, he had ended up by asking her to 
go to the Junior-Senior Prom with him. Think of it! Bob 
Henderson asking her for a date, and to the Prom of all 
things! 

That evening as she and Mary Jo had walked back to 
the dorm together, after their last classes, she was bub- 
bling over with joy; so when Mary Jo had asked her to 
go to a meeting at the church with her, she had prom- 
ised to go before she thought what she was doing. That 
was the silliest thing she had ever done! Why she had 
promised herself never, never to go to a "fanatical" reli- 
gious meeting of any sort, and here she was hooked into 
going when Mary Jo knew how she hated to go to 
church! 

Well, she had gone, just as she had promised — and 
thought she was going to be bored to death. But she had 
really had more fun than she could ever remember hav- 
ing before! Why the spirit here seemed so much differ- 
ent than she had become accustomed to. The kids even 
seemed to enjoy helping and sharing with teach other. 
Imagine being glad to give someone else the dessert you 
had fixed for your refreshments! 

But it wasn't all fun, for at the end of the evening, 
they all came together and had what they called their 
"business meeting." After they had conducted this, one 
of the ladies arose and began to talk to them about the 
Bible and God. Then it was that she had spent the most 
miserable evening of her life! For everything that she 
had ever done that she had known was wrong flashed in 
front of her memory, and she squirmed and wiggled 
around, until everyone was watching, most of them 
quietly praying, for they knew what was wrong and had 
experienced the same ordeal before they came into their 
dear Saviour's light. 

Well, at the invitation call she had stepped down from 
her high, haughty pedestal; down from her sinful and 
wicked way, into the precious light of her Saviour. 
And though there was certainly rejoicing among the 
angels in heaven, there was surely no more than in the 
little club meeting where another soul united with the 
heavenly family. 

If they had helped her then, why couldn't they do it 
now? Why, of course! Why hadn't she thought of that 
before? She snatched up her purse and umbrella and, 



throwing on her raincoat, called to her mother, and 
dashed out onto the street. On she went, helter-skelter, 
almost bumping into everyone on the street. At last 
she was at the door, or at least at the walk, but now her 
confidence almost left her; well, she wasn't going to 
chicken out now; she would go right up there and tell 
the patroness what her problem was, and let her help 
her work it out. 

Running up the steps, Debbie timidly rang the bell. 
She heard footsteps coming, and for one panic-stricken 
moment almost turned and ran. Yes; that was what she 
was going to do: she would just turn around and leave, 
and Mrs. Williams would just think that she had never 
been there; she would probably think it was one of the 
neighbor's children playing a trick on her. But it was 
too late now; the door had opened! 

Immediately after the door had opened, Mrs. Williams 
had noticed the panic-stricken face of Debbie, and had 
said: 

"Why Debbie, is anything wrong? May I help you?" 

"Hello. Mrs. Williams. I would like to come in and talk 
to you for a minute if you have the time." 

"Surely; come in and sit down, won't you?" 

"Thank you. Mrs. Williams, you know Bob Henderson, 
of course?" 

"Yes." 

"Well, last Monday night he asked me if I would go to 
the Junior-Senior Prom with him this Saturday night, 
and I told him I would go. But now that I am a Christian, 
and am placing my faith in the Lord, I naturally can't 
go dancing anymore; so I am all mixed up wondering 
how to explain to him the reason I can't go. I do like him 
a lot; he is a real swell boy, and I don't want him to get 
angry with me, but I cannot think of any way to let him 
know I cannot go without telling him point-blank that 
I'm not going, and that will surely make him angry; so 
do you have a solution for me?" 

"Goodness; you are mixed up, aren't you?" Mrs. Wli- 
liams said laughingly. "But now your visit here has 
cleared up a great mystery for me. You see, while I was 
shopping downtown yesterday, I came aci-oss this little 
book, and the Lord seemed to lead me to buy it, but I 
didn't know what I would ever do with it. Nevertheless, 
I bought it anyway, and now I think it will be the thing 
to clear up your troubles for you." Mrs. Williams smiled 
as she laid it in her hands. "Take it and read it; then 
come back and tell me if it is the answer the Lord would 
have for you." 

"Thank you, Mrs. Williams. I surely will read it." 
Debbie breathed clearly and deeply for the first time in 
almost a week. "And now if you will excuse me, I must 
be going. Good-bye, Mrs. Williams." 

Several weeks have passed since that encounter with 
Mrs. Williams, and now Debbie is telling of her experi- 
ence to all the Sisterhood girls. Her face is aglow, and 
she has a smile that would almost put the sun to shame. 

". . . and after I told Bob why I couldn't go with him, 
he was awfully quiet for a long minute; but then he 
turned to me, and he had tears in his eyes! He told me 
that he was a Christian, but that he had strayed far from 
the Lord. Then together we knelt down in the grass, and 
he renewed his faith in God. Thanks to all you girls, and 
especially to you, Mary Jo, we are both Christians now, 
and are planning to spend our lives in the Master's 
service together! 



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ATLANTIC DISTRICT OVERNIGHT YOUTH RALLY 




Harrah, Wash., may be only a 
small town in a rural area, but its 
young people are active for the Lord. 
Our church there has a fine BYF 
group averaging about 20, a splen- 
did Sky Pilot squadron meeting ev- 
ery Monday night with between 20 
and 30 present, and several men of 
the church work with them faithful- 
ly. Then it is mostly Brethren young 
people that spark the White Swan 
High School Bible Club, which av- 
erages over 30 in attendance. And it 
is Brethren young people that head 
up "Powerhouse," a Tuesday -night 
youth fellowship group that includes 
young people from several churches. 

During our evangelistic crusade 
there recently, Monday night was 
"Sky Pilot Night," and over half the 
total crowd of about 70 were Sky 
Pilot men and boys. They cut their 
regular meeting short — from 7 to 8 
p. m. — and came into the church 



Atlantic District yotith who attended overnight rally at Hagerstown, Md. 



service at 8 in a group. They meet 
in their own building, right behind 
the church. They even provided spe- 
cial music for the meeting. 

Tuesday nights were "Powerhouse 
Nights," and the young people were 
present en masse. After these serv- 
ices, they gathered in the Peugh 
home, up the road a half mile, and 
invited the evangelistic party and 
pastor to be their special guests. 
There were more than fifty present 
at both of these gatherings in the 
home. 

Jan Houghton and Eleanor Culver, 
who grew up in the Harrah church, 



and now teach school in the area, 
and Gordon and Jackie Stover, a 
young couple in the church, are the 
leaders of this group. It is bearing 
a very effective testimony for Christ 
to young people in that entire end 
of the valley. 




Two teams in a Bible quiz. The 
winners have the correct answer 
spelled out. The losers were a little 
sloio. 




Jan Hought 



on making announcements, with part oj the large group present 
in the Peugh home, after a Crusade service. 



Two oj the Sky Pilot boys provid- 
ing special music in the services. A 
third accordionist, who had planned 
to play with them, was ill. 



January 8, 7955 



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TIME! 



At the beginning of a new year, 
we are always made conscious of 
"time." The year that has gone is 
pictured by "Father Time." He is an 
old man ready to die. The new year 
in contrast is portrayed by a tiny 
babe, ready to spring forth with all 
kinds of vim and vigor. As an old 
year draws to a close we become 
conscious of the importance of even 
seconds, for, strange as it seems, one 
second makes the difference between 
1954 and 1955. At exactly 12 o'clock 
it is a brandnew year. 

As I began to think about time and 
its relationship to the new year, I 
could not help but think of time and 
its relationship to our Sunday 
schools and churches. There seems 
to be abroad in the world (and in 
the hearts of many Brethren people) 
a desire to get all the "church" they 
need for the coming week in a short 
one hour on Sunday. If they come to 
Sunday school for an hour of study, 
they are ready to go home and do 
not care to remain for an additional 
hour of worship and sermon. Many 
pastors have attempted to meet the 
desire for shortened time by com- 
bining a worship service with its 
sermon and the teaching period into 
a brief hour and a half. However, 
even this has not been the answer, 
for we find many still cutting one 
part or the other. 

At this season of the year it would 
be well for all of us to take inven- 
tory of our own lives. Perhaps the 
answer to the problem lies within. 

If we are the ones responsible for 
the services of the church — the pas- 
tor, the superintendent of the school, 
the leachers and officers — we will 
need to take inventory of our serv- 
ices. We will need to lift them to the 
highest plane possible so that those 
who come will know that the serv- 
ices will be inspirational and infor- 
mational. We will need to meet the 
needs of the students and worship- 
ers who come. This will not be easy. 
It will require long hours of faithful 
work and study. 

If we are the individuals who 
come to enjoy the services, we will 
need to take inventory of our own 
lives to see where we are falling 
short in desire. Perhaps more time 
spent in prayer and meditation be- 
fore coming to the service would put 
us in readiness to enjoy the service. 

This is the age of "capsules," and 
they are telling us that some of these 
days we will not need to spend time 
in eating meals — we will just take a 



capsule. This may appeal to you, but 
not to me, for "capsule food" would 
mean missing the fellowship that 
comes from sitting down to the table 
with my family and friends. It is 
likewise true in things spiritual. 
Our God reminds us again and again 
to wait upon Him! It takes time to 
be holy! 

At the beginning of a new year, 
let us resolve as Christians and as 
Brethren that we will be present 
every Sunday in the Sunday school 
and in every worship service of the 
church, which will include as nor- 
mal morning worship, evening wor- 
ship, and the midweek service of 
prayer. 

TIME — EVEN SECONDS OF 
TIME — spent in public worship and 
study will enrich our lives and the 
lives of those with whom we live. 



Zj/ZajHisz&K. ^ ^^v-t 



CONTEST NEWS 

The second month of our National 
Sunday School Contest is history. 
Seven more months to go in this 
year's contest. Each month is impor- 
tant, for there are seven winners 
every month, and then of course 
there will be the "Grand Winner" 
at the end of the contest. The Sun- 
day school showing the largest gain 
for the nine-month period will be 
the winner. So again we suggest that 
YOU hold the key to success or fail- 
ure in the contest. Every Sunday is 
important. And of course, just by 
being present every Sunday and 
bringing others with you, you are a 
winner personally, for you receive 
the joy of Christian teaching and fel- 
lowship. 

But about those winners for No- 
vember. I suppose you are just as 
anxious as we were, and since the 
results are all in and tabulated, here 
they are: 

NOVEMBER WINNERS 

Division A — Denver, Colo., Thom- 
as Inman, pastor (winner two con- 
secutive months). 

Division B — Limestone Tenn , A. 
Harold Arrington, pastor (a new 
winner). 

Division C — Listie, Pa., John J. 
Burns, pastor (a new winner). 

Division D — Inglewood, Calif., 
Glenn O'Neal, pastor (winner two 
consecutive months). 

Division E — Ashland, Ohio, Miles 
Taber, pastor (winner two consecu- 
tive months). 

Division F — North Long Beach, 
Calif., George Peek, pastor (winner 
two consecutive months). 



SUNDAY 

HAROLD H. ETUNG 



SCHOOLS 




Division N (new schools) — Engle- 
wood, Ohio, Lon Karns, pastor (a 
new winner). 

Our congratulations have already 
gone to these Sunday schools to- 
gether with the banners. We are 
sure you are rejoicing with them. 
Our only sorrow is that not all could 
be winners for the month. It was a 
close race in some of the divisions. 
Why not determine now to make 
your Sunday school the winner next 
month? 



WITH YOUR S. S. DIRECTOR 

November was another month of 
real privilege and blessing as we 
shared in a two-week evangelistic 
effort with the Harrisburg, Pa., 
church. On the second Sunday of 
this meeting the Sunday school 
reached a new all-time high in at- 
tendance with 163 persons present 
foi the Sunday-school hour. They 
had a real increase for the entire 
month of November, and we predict 
they will be well up in the standings 
every month of the contest. 

During the campaign there were 
15 various public decisions. Eight of 
these have already asked for bap- 
ti:-m and expect to unite with the 
Harrisburg church. On the first Sun- 
day morning, Pastor Sandy received 
into the membership eight persons 
that had recently been baptized. It 
was a wonderful sight on the first 
morning of a revival meeting! 

It was a joy to share in the fellow- 
ship, hospitality, and Christian effort 
put forth by the pastor, Conard San- 
dy, his wife, and the people of the 
Harrisburg church. We are sure the 
Lord is richly blessing this people. 

From Harrisburg we traveled to 
Alexandria, Va., for a one-night 
meeting with the Sunday school 
board of our Commonwealth Ave- 
nue Brethren Church. Never have 
we seen greater enthusiasm and op- 
timism for Sunday school than here. 
Plans were begun for additional 
Sunday-school rooms, the division 
into departments, and some new 

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UEND US YOUR HAND/ 

WfaMT/ONALfEUowswp of 8/?etm£n Laymen 




EVANGELISM SUNDAY— FEBRUARY 27 



February 27 is Evangelism Day in 
the Brethren Church. On this day 
the laymen of the Brethren Church 
will take an active part in the serv- 
ices in our churches, which will af- 
ford opportunity for the laymen to 
present the aims and purposes of the 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Laymen. 

As laymen, we must seek to re- 
cruit other laymen in this great job 
of supporting the Brethren Evange- 
listic Crusade. On February 27, of- 
ferings will be taken to support this 
work, and our goal is §12,000. 

Plan now to shoulder your full 
load in this activity. Look over the 
record and give of your time, abil- 
ities, and income as the Lord enables 
you. 

Clyde K. Landrum, president of 
the Brethren Evangelistic Crusade, 
in his November 1954 letter, key- 
notes the situation before us. 

"The Board of Evangelism of the 
Brethren Church has cause to praise 
and thank the Lord. Reports from 
the pastors of churches, verified by 
Evangelists Archie Lynn and R. Paul 
Miller, show that God is blessing the 
Word as ministered through the 
Spirit. One pastor writes: 'This has 
been the best meeting we have ever 
had. The people here are thrilled 
with the victories won. God has done 
good things for us, and we thank 
Him for the victories.' Another says: 
'What a blessed time! God stirred 
the hearts of the people and prayers 
ascended before the throne of grace. 
. . . Yes; we had real revival. . . .' 
Praise God for His many blessings 
upon the Crusade! 

"Immediately after National Con- 
ference Team Two went to the 
Northwest District to minister in all 
of the churches there. God has 
worked in a mighty way, as the pas- 
tors up in the Northwest will testify. 
There comes real encouragement for 
the LAYMEN from these meetings. 
One pastor has this to say: 'We want 
to thank the Brethren Laymen for 
sponsoring the Brethren Evangelis- 
tic Crusade. May these crusades con- 



tinue, and even more team? be 
thrust forth into the harvest field.' 
LAYMEN, AREN'T YCU GLAD 
THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN THE 
BOARD OF EVANGELISM AS 
YOUR SPONSORED PROJECT? I 
am sure that you are, and we cer- 
tainly are glad, too. We do appreci- 
ate your help, and you will receive 
blessings in seeing revival come to 
churches and souls saved for eter- 
nitv. THANKS TO THE LAYMEN 
FOR THEIR INCREASED GOAL 
FOR THE CURRENT YEAR. THEY 
VOTED AT NATIONAL CONFER- 
ENCE TO MULTIPLY LAST 
YEAR'S FINANCIAL GOAL (IN 
SUPPORT OF THE CRUSADE) BY 
FOUR! Quite an increase, but the 
men are able to do it as the Lord 
leads them. . . . 

"WE HAVE GREAT PLANS FOR 
THE FUTURE. Schedules are shap- 
ing up and God is leading us to His 
choice of workers. But we must have 
YOU to pray and work with us un- 
der God. We ask that you pray daily 
for the work. We ask laymen to be- 
come active in soul-winning and in 
supplying the needed funds. We ask 
you all to call on us if you desire a 
meeting with one of the teams. But 
particularly right at this time we 
are in great need of funds. If you 
have a gift that you can send, it will 
be greatly appreciated. Then, too, 
begin now to plan for a great time 
of revival-evangelism, AND for a 
fine offering on Evangelism Sunday, 
February 27, 1955. We are depend- 
ing on you to stay with us all the 
way." 

"Rejoice in the Lord, O ye right- 
eous: for praise is comely for the 
upright" (Ps. 33:1). This is the tes- 
timony of the Board of Evangelism 
of the Brethren Church. Praise the 
Lord! 



WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATUS 
OF OUR PROJECT? 

August 1, 1954-November 30, 1954 

Board of Evangelism $267.76 

Student Aid 23.50 

Brethren Boys Clubs .... 3.00 

General Fund 12 00 



EVANGELISM OFFERING— FEB. 27 

Regardless of the source of the 
offering, whether from an individual, 
a men's auxiliary, or some depart- 
ment of the church, please send the 
money to WALTER HOYT, TREAS- 
URER, NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP 
OF BRETHREN LAYMEN, 409 LE- 
LAND AVE., DAYTON 7, OHIO. 
Write on the left of the check "Evan- 
gelism Project." Brother Hoyt will 
forward the money as recorded to 
Herman Schumacher, treasurer of 
the Board of Evangelism. Only in 
this way can the men's organization 
obtain credit for their efforts. Broth- 
er Hoyt hopes to have special en- 
velopes in the churches by Evange- 
lism Sunday. If for any reason you 
do not receive your special enve- 
lopes, use any envelope and identify 
it for this purpose. Put it in your 
local church offering plate. 




WITH YOUR S. S. DIRECTOR 

(Continued From Page 28) 

goals. Watch Alexandria in the days 
ahead. 

From Alexandria to Philadelphia 
is a short hop. Here we were privi- 
leged to share in a five-day Sun- 
day-school convention with our two 
Philadelphia churches and the Al- 
lentown church. The highlight of the 
convention came on Saturday night 
in a great youth and Sunday-school 
workers banquet shared by about 
100 people. Everyone present came 
away with a new enthusiasm and 
zeal for "reaching the unreached" of 
the Philadelphia and Allentown 
areas. 



January 8, 7955 



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HAGERSTOWN'S INVESTMENT IN GRACE 



By Russell H. Weber, Pastor 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

Every time you pay tax money, whether willingly or 
grudgingly, you invest in the future of the nation; the 
nation could not continue to exist except for the various 
revenues exacted. Grace Seminary and College, the edu- 
cational institution of the Brethren Church, carries on 
its work only as Brethren people and Brethren churches 
contribute to its support. Support of Grace Seminary 
and College is strictly voluntary; it is never forced. 

Grace Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Md , has 
gladlv contributed more than $5,000 during the past five 
years. THIS CHURCH BELIEVES IN "GRACE"! We 
also invest in "Grace" by sending our young people to 
the school for training. We are already reaping dividends 
through a missionary couple in Argentina, the Carson 
Rottlers, and an active pastor in Pennsylvania. William 
Wiles. We continue to invest in "Grace" with five young 
people in Grace College (two of these are daughters of 
the pastor). 

We never feel "shaky" about our investment in Grace 
Seminary and College. The shares we hold are guaran- 







Left to right — Janet Weber, Roger Pryor, Howard 
Stickler, Marvin howery, and Janice Weber. 

teed by God himself. "So shall my word be that goeth 
forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, 
but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall 
prosper in the thing whereto I sent it" (Isa. 55:11). We 
are proud to send our young people to "Grace," where 
we know they will receive a good education, and where 
they will become thoroughly grounded in the Word. 




Preaching the Gospel 

By Norman Rohrer 

One of the first evangelistic campaigns this fall was 
conducted by Senior Dean Fetterhoff in one of the 
newest home-mission churches, located near Goshen, 
and pastored by Rev. Herman Hein ('54). 

Every night for two weeks, Fetterhoff 
preached pointedly on subjects ranging 
from the judgment of God to the peace 
of God. But the sermons were not all 
that made the campaign a success. Every 
Monday, service was canceled and mem- 
bers of the congregation huddled for 
prayer. Half of these then went out 

calling while an equal number stayed at 

,i i i j j Norman Rohrer 

the church and prayed. 

The first Monday four teams of two each visited com- 
munity homes and the second Monday three teams of 
two each did the same. 

A survey of 275 unchurched homes was made around 
the church. Said Pastor Hein, "We dealt with people 
about their souls, not about church membership." 

Fetterhoff's cause for rejoicing were the number of 
conversions and consecrations. He said, "God did more 
work through conversions to unite families than I have 
seen in my meetings for some time." 






New Births 

By Herman H. Hein, Jr. ('54) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Goshen, Ind. 

Born: a new church, a new pastor, new experiences, 
and many souls into the kingdom of God. 

The new church is the Grace Brethren Church of 
Goshen, Ind., organized on February 14, 1954, with 19 
charter members. Herman H. Hein, Jr., is pastor of this 
new church, and a graduate of the class of 1954, Grace 
Theological Seminary. The new experiences are those 
which come with pastoring a church, and the souls born 
again are the evidence of God's children witnessing for 
the Lord Jesus Christ. 

We can also praise the Lord for the birth of a new 
seminary back in 1937: namely, Grace Theological Sem- 
inary. It was born because God needed such a school to 
train men and women to serve Him in needy fields. It 
was made possible because of the vision of God's chil- 
dren throughout the nation who were burdened for 
souls, saw the need for trained workers, and gave that 
this need might be supplied. 

Already many things learned in class have been put to 
practical use. Although much is yet to be learned, after 
c'ass work has been finished, the knowledge acquired 
during the years of training is priceless. 



REMEMBER GRACE SEMINARY AND COLLEGE THROUGH 



THE ANNUAL OFFERING 
JANUARY 30 



THE MONTHLY OFFERING 
ENVELOPES 



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THE FOURTH ANNUAL GRACE BIBLE CONFERENCE 

Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. — January 17-20, 1955 
Monday, January 17 Tuesday, January 18 Wednesday, January 79 Thursday, January 20 



9:00-10:15 



10:30-11:45 



1:15-2:30 



7:30-9:00 





JAKE 
KLIEVER 

The Scriptures and 
Modern Missions 


KENNETH 
TEAGUE 

Four Vital 
Questions 


MAYNARD 
TITTLE 

Spiritual Knowledge 
and Love 




DR. CHARLES W. 
MAYES 

Christ and the True 
Purpose for Preaching 

(Bauman Memorial 
Lectures) 


DR. CHARLES W. 
MAYES 

Christ and the 
Individual Believer 

(Bauman Memorial 
Lectures) 


DR. CHARLES W. 
MAYES 

Christ and the 
Social Emphasis 

(Bauman Memorial 
Lectures) 




WILLIS 
BISHOP 

Serving the Lord in 
Bible Institute Work 


JOHN 
STOLL 

Serving the Lord in 

Christian College 

Work 


DR. CHARLES W. 
MAYES 

Christ and the 
Unfolding Future 

(Bauman Memorial 
Lectures) 


LOWELL 
HOYT 

The Appearance of the 

Church Before the 

Judgment Seat of 

Christ 


TRUE 
HUNT 

The Great Tribulation 

and Its Glorious 

Climax 


MARK 
MALLES 

The Course and Con- 
summation of the 
Millennial Age 


JOHN 
BURNS 

The Newness of the 
Future 



Grace Bible Conference — 1955 

Once again we are looking to God for a time of spir- 
itual refreshment and blessing as the fourth annual 
Grace Bible Conference, sponsored by the Grace Sem- 
inary Alumni Association, convenes in the halls of Grace 
Seminary. In addition to the messages and testimonies 
that our alumni will bring, we shall be favored with the 
first series of four messages in the annual Bauman Me- 
morial Lectures, to be delivered by Dr. Charles W. 
Mayes, pastor of the famous First Brethren Church of 
Long Beach, Calif. 



By John C. Whitcomb, Jr., Alumni Secretary 

Many of the alumni who shall come to Winona Lake 
for these meetings will be surprised to see the tremen- 
dous increase in the size of our student body, and will 
also be happy to see the parking lot and the road around 
the building paved as a result of their having exceeded 
the alumni project fund goal of $1,450. On Wednesday 
evening at 5:30 there will be another Alumni Fellowship 
Banquet. Printed programs with full particulars are 
being mailed to all alumni and Brethren pastors. Make 
your plans to attend now. 



THE LOUIS S. BAUMAN MEMORIAL LECTURESHIP 



At the 1952 conference of the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches, acting upon the recommendations 
of a special committee, the conference decided to estab- 
lish in Grace Theological Seminary an annual lecture- 
ship for 15 years to be known as "The Louis S. Bauman 
Memorial Lectureship," for the purpose of giving recog- 
nition to the great contribution made by his ministry in 
the Brethren Church over a period of 57 years. Some of 
the conditions attached to this lectureship are as follows: 

1. Each course of annual lectures shall consist of not 
less than four lectures. 

2. The lecturers are to be chosen by Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary, and at least eight of the fifteen are to be 
selected from members of the Brethren Church. 



3. The subjects are to be chosen within the range of 
the late Louis S. Bauman's personal interests and min- 
istry, particularly in the fields of foreign missions. Bib- 
lical prophecy, denominational history, and theological 
education. 

4. Those lectures which are deemed of permanent 
value are to be published in book form, and all others 
shall be bound and catalogued for the seminary library. 

The seminary is glad to announce that the initial 
course of lectures will be delivered by Dr. Charles W. 
Mayes, pastor of the First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach, Calif., during the week of the Grace Alumni 
Bible Conference, January 18-20. 

— Alva J. McClain. 



January 8, 7955 



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THE FACULTY 
GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AND COLLEGE 

Seated (left to right) — Homer A. Kent. Jr., R. Wayne Snider. James 
T.. Boyer. Herman A. Hoyt. President Alva J. McClain. Homer A. 
Kent. Sr.. Paul R. Bauman. Ava Schnittjer. Norman H. Uphouse. 
Standing (left to right) — Benjamin A. Hamilton. S. Herbert Bess. 
,T--sse D. Humberd. John C. Whitcomb. Edisene M. Whitcomb. John 
R?a. Rrlph W. Gilbert, Donald Ogden. (Mrs. Mabel Hamilton was 
un blf to be present when picture was taken.) 




Life's Greatest Discovery 

Sir Humphry Davy was an eminent British natural philosopher and chemist. His 
experiments led to such valuable discoveries as potassium, sodium, and nitrous oxide 
as an anesthetic. He enunciated principles which led to other brilliant discoveries. 
Near the close of his life somebody asked Sir Humphry what he regarded as his 
greatest discovery. Without a moment's hesitation he said: "My greatest discovery 
is the discovery of Michael Faraday" (the brilliant chemist, electrician, philosopher, 
and devout Christian). It was the discovery of a man and the putting of his spirit 
into that man, so that Michael Faraday, the younger, could take up the work of the 
older when he left the scene of action. 

The faculty of Grace Theological Seminary and College is dedicated to this very 
task — discovering men and women and putting something of their spirit and knowl- 
edge into them so that they will be able to take up the work laid down when those 
older than themselves leave the scene of action. 

When Jesus Christ came into this world to do His great work, He took twelve 
men aside, and for three years He taught them and drilled them and impregnated 
them with His ideas, His ideals. That first Christian seminary began a work which 
was destined to shake empires to their very foundations. Thus, the task that con- 
fronts us is in harmony with the example set by our Lord himself. 

But this work is not confined to a few men and women such as those who are 
busy on a hill in Winona Lake, Indiana. The job begins with YOU in your local town 
and church where, first of all, boys and girls and young men and women are led to 
receive Christ as their Saviour. YOURS is the privilege of infusing something of 
your own spirit into them by rooting and grounding them in the faith and by 
challengng them to "lift up their eyes and look" upon fields which are "white unto 
harvest." 

However, responsibility doesn't end there. YOURS AND OURS TOGETHER is 
the task of equipping them so that they effectively fulfill their responsibility of 
standing for the faith, facing new frontiers, and expanding the borders of the church 
both at home and abroad. 

Your hands join those of the faculty of Grace Seminary and College through 
daily prayer and your regular monthly gifts to the school. These consecrated gifts 
are especially needed just now. 



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January 8, 1955 



TKe BRETHREN 




HOME MISSION NUMBER 



JANUARY 15, 1955 



Temple City Brethren Church Goes Self-Supporting 







Editorials 



By L L Grubb 




A Year Crowned With Goodness 

"Thou crownest the year with thy goodness." In Psalm 
65, verse 11, written by David, are these words which so 
clearly express our reflections upon the past year of 
Christian service. 

The "goodness" of the Lord in Brethren home-mission 
fields this past year is beyond any calculation. The only 
adequate way to express it is to borrow the words of 
David. God has "crowned the year with . . . goodness." 

New churches established, hundreds of souls saved, 
thousands of dollars given to missions and expended in 
building church houses, and efforts in many different 
realms of Christian service have characterized the work 
in 1954. 

The greatest interest in the evangelization of America 
has been manifested by our growing fellowship of 
churches. A greater burden of prayer for the millions of 
lost souls in America has been clearly evident. Greater 
and more sacrificial giving has been witnessed in many 
places. A growing pioneer spirit among our churches is 
manifesting itself in a desire to see more new Brethren 
churches in many different areas. 

Yes; God has been infinitely good in His blessing in 
every way. 

Our desire is to place an additional crown on the 
brow of our blessed Lord by turning His blessings upon 
us into precious dividends for His glory in the salvation 
of unbelievers during 1955. 



Is the Church an Intrinsic Power in American Life? 

The beginning of a new year is an appropriate time to 
ask and endeavor to answer such a basic and all-impor- 
tant question. Some think the answer is "Yes." Others 
would say, "No." We feel that there is a point between 
the two extremes where an understanding of this matter 
may be gained. 

Just a few weeks ago the biennial assembly of the 
National Council of Churches met to hear a report on 
American church activity and life which stated that 
today American churches stand at a peak of "tremen- 
dous strength," but at the same time they are groping 
for ways to make that power felt in a topsy-turvy age. 

It is apparent at once that the "tremendous strength" 
referred to is institutional strength rather than spiritual 
strength. Approximately 95 million people have their 
names on the church rolls of American churches. De- 
nominational programs are at a new high in efficiency 
and advertising effectiveness. Millions of dollars were 
poured into new church construction this past year. It 
was agreed even at the National Council meeting that 
this organizational and institutional strength does not 
prove "spiritual strength." With all of the church'= 



potential it was questioned whether the church is now 
"more or less influential in American life" than it used 
to be. 

A local church and a national church are made up of 
members. Out of the present problem the question at 
once emerges. Are these 95 million church members 
qualified on a spiritual basis to be members of a church 
set up on the New Testament basis? 

Thirty-one million plus of the 95 million total are sup- 
posed to be Roman Catholic. All who are informed know 
the legalistic basis for church membership in this 
church. Five million of the total are Jews. Tragically 
enough, very few Jews have found Christ as their Mes- 
siah and Saviour. Over 70,000 are Buddhists who cannot 
possibly be saved. From here on the standards for 
church membership, if there are pny, are so weak and 
watered down that almost any relatively moral man — 
and even many who are immoral — may enjoy member- 
ship in good and regular standing in a local church. 

Perhaps some of these significant realities caused the 
delegates to the National Council conclave to declare: 
"When we consider how little it costs to be counted 
among the church members in our country, we are 
troubled." 

A church, no matter what its name or doctrinal plat- 
form or creed, is never any better than its members. It 
never has mere power than resides in the average of 
its constituency. 

Therefore, those who largely set the standards for 
church membership are vital figures in the condition of 
any church at any time in its history. The clergy are 
those who lead whole denominations in their spiritual 
thinking end who ultimately control the fixing of stand- 
ards in the church. If the pastor resorts to the Bible, 
God's Guidebook for all church organization and stand- 
ards for membership, there should be no difficulty, but 
often this is not done. Standards are manmade and just 
as spiritually powerless as an unsanctified human mind. 
Therefore, ultimately the pastor must be held respon- 
sible for low church standards and powerlessness in the 
pew. There must be a revival among the clergy before 
the present condition can be rectified. 

While church membership increases each year in the 
U. S. A., crime and juvenile delinquency also rise in an 
uncontrolled tide. This strange paradox has only one 
answer and it is not the increase in our population, but 
must be traced to failure on the part of a church which 
is often peopled with unsaved and spiritually disinter- 
ested members. For this reason it is so often easy for 
teen-agers to walk boldly out of a church or Sunday 
school into a life of horrible crime. The spiritual power 
to combat human depravity and Satan is absent. 

This picture would not be complete without reference 

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THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 



VOLUME 17. NUMBER 3 



Entered as second-class matter April 16. 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind.. under the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. S2.00 a year; 100-percent churches. SI. 50; foreign, S3. 00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees. president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William Schafrer, secretary; Ord Gehman, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, 
member-at-large to Executive Committee; Walter Lepp, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, True Hunt. Lyle W. Marvin, Arnold 
R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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Brethren Home Missions Scores Another Victory! 

The Home Missions Council is happy to present another self-supporting church to the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches. Temple City, Calif., is another splendid example of the growth and development of Brethren 
home-mission churches. This church has now completed the beautiful and spacious first unit of a building program. 
They have achieved an excellent record in missionary giving. The work has grown numerically and has displayed 
real vision in promoting and developing the San Gabriel Academy Christian Day School. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council expresses its gratefulness to the Temple City folks for their fine spirit 
of cooperation, to all the Brethren who have contributed to home missions, to the California District for helping 
start the work, and to everyone else who helped in any way to score this victory. We commend Rev. and Mrs. Leo 
Polman for their tireless energy and leadership in developing this mission point into a strong testimony for Christ. 
We are deeply grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ, for it is under His blessing of power and grace that this occasion 
is made possible. 



REMINISCING ... A TEMPORARY 7-YEAR ASSIGNMENT 

By Rev. Leo Polman 
Pastor, Temple City Brethren Church 



While managing the Biola Bookroom in Los Angeles 
one day in February 1948, the writer received a long- 
distance phone call from our home-mission secretary, 
Dr. L. L. Grubb. The substance of his call: "Leo, will you 
go out to our East Pasadena church until we can get a 
pastor for them?" This was to be a temporary assign- 
ment. It was temporary for seven years, lacking one 
month. And they have been wonderful years. 

A group of Brethren from the South Pasadena church 
stepped out on faith, with the blessings of their home 
church and pastor, to begin a new Brethren work. First 
a Sunday school in a store building, then Bible classes, 
and finally a church was organized. 

Rev. Al Flory, their first pastor, left a fine testimony. 
He now is superintendent of Brethren schools at Long 
Beach, with some 400 students. Then a period of dis- 
couragement came. 

This discouraged handful soon took an interest, and 
anything their pastor pro tern, suggested, they were 
willing to do. I wish that could be said of all church 
members. Only 17 were present that first Sunday. Seven 
years later (December 5, 1954), here in Temple City, 145 
were in Sunday school and 105 in morning worship 
service. With less than 30 in membership in 1948 it has 
increased to 72 in 1954. Thirty-six have been transferred 
to other churches from this membership, many to other 
Brethren churches. Of course, there have been some 
who had to be dropped for one reason or another. There 
have been close to 100 who have found their way to this 
church and their Lord in these seven years. 

It soon became apparent that the church in East Pasa- 
dena would have to look for other quarters. Local ordi- 
nances were such that if and when the church consid- 
ered any expansion they could not, as there would be 
no room for off-street parking. Then, too, the history of 
this property was not so good before the Brethren pur- 
chased it. It was used by a Pentecostal group and even 
after some years our church was, in the estimation of 
the community, part of this same group. So we consid- 
ered relocating. There was a possibility that we would 



be offered a parent-controlled Christian day school 
which our church housed the first year of their opera- 
tion. After its second year, operating in another church 
of Alhambra, it was being pressed to find some other 
place to hold its school. Some of our men were vitally 
interested in this Christian day school, the San Gabriel 
Valley Academy. They found a property formerly used 
by another church group for a day school, and this 
group was selling because they had built a new building. 
The Home Missions Council gave permission for us to 
sail our East Pasadena property and helped us with a 
loan to purchase this new property on Las Tunas Drive 
in Temple City, some three miles away. During the 
summer school vacation our people made the newly 
acquired buildings ready for our new venture into the 
Christian day school field. The school has proved a won- 
derful asset to our church and certainly a real mission 
field for Christian service. 

For three years we worshiped at the Las Tunas loca- 
tion, seated at school desks in classrooms instead of pews 
or chairs. We had a fine two-acre piece of property with 
two good buildings on it and had plenty of room for 
building a chapel, but we saw commercial expansion on 
every side of us. We felt this would sooner or later be- 
come undesirable for a church and school location. It 
became apparent we should relocate again and we began 
looking for a new location. We found a two-and-one- 
half-acre property which certainly looked like just the 
place, but it had already been sold pending a zoning by 
the planning commission. However, the pastor had the 
word of the owner that if anything should happen that 
the zoning would hinder the sale to the subdivider, we 
were next in line and they would be more than glad to 
sell this plot to our church. 

The Lord knew we needed a place and, believe it or 
not, the planning commission voted down the subdivi- 
sion. This gave us the option on the property and the 
owners held it for the Brethren almost one year without 
paying a dime or making a deposit. All we had was a 
verbal agreement that we wanted it and would buy if 



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TEMPLE CITY'S DEPARTMENTALIZED SUNDAY SCHOOL 




Top: Young People's Department; Dr. Francis Altig. teacher. 
Bottom: Jr. Hi. Department; Teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Elson. 




Top: Young Adult Department; Mr. M. C. Dalke. teacher. 
Bottom: Adult Department; Rev. Leo Polman, teacher. 



we could sell our present Las Tunas property. Even 
during this one year of waiting, the owners could have 
sold the property for $30,000, which was $10,000 more 
than they offered it to us. Finally, with the financial 
help of a loan from the Home Missions Council, we again 
ventured out on faith. We purchased this acreage before 
disposing of the two acres on Las Tunas Drive. Breth- 
ren, the Lord has been good to this church. He knew 
that we had no money for such an undertaking. The 
Lord provided in a real material way. 



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Our church had $7,000 invested in the East Pasadena 
property. This we sold for $18,000 cash. We bought the 
Las Tunas Drive acreage for $28,500 with the two school 
buildings on it. In July 1953 we moved the two buildings 
to the new property on Temple City Boulevard. The two 
buildings were appraised at $16,000. That left an equity 
of $12,500 on Las Tunas. I say the Lord provided for us! 
Look at this: after moving the buildings we received 
$40,300 cash for the vacant property. Today, with our 
new chapel, schoolbuildings, and two-and-one-half-acre 

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TWO MORE DEPARTMENTS IN THE TEMPLE CITY SUNDAY SCHOOL 




Top: Combined Nursery and Beginners Departments; Supt., Mrs. Evelyn Carlisle; Mrs. Francis Altig and Miss 
Phyllis Campbell teachers. 

Bottom: Primary and Junior Departments; Mrs. Wanda Dalke. primary sxipt., and Mrs. Leo Polman, junior supt. 



property on Temple City Boulevard, this church has 
assets o c over 8100,000 and an indebtedness of less than 
$25,000. Hasn't God done great things for us? 

So much for material gains. Spiritually the work has 
shown real growth — net only among the chiMren in our 
Christian day school which we are rejoicing in (kinder- 
garten through eighth grade, but also in cur Sunday 
school and church. In these few years the Lord has al- 
ready led three young men frcm this congregation — 
Jerry Adams, Don Rough, and Larry Wedetz — to Grace 
College in preparation for Christian service. One of our 
fine young ladies. Miss Phyllis Campbell, is now attsnd- 









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Ay** ' ■ Ail 

TEMPLE CITY BOYS IN GRACE COLLEGE 
Left to right: Jerry Adams, Larry Wedetz, Don Rough. 



ing the Bible Institute of Los Angeles preparing for 
Christian day school teaching. The work of our youth 
directors, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Frick, certainly is to be 
commended. With their splendid work among these and 
all those who yet are in secondary schools looking for- 
ward to further preparation for Christian service, we 
expect some real Christian workers. 

Our church has a WMC, two SMM organizations, four 
B~T and CE societies, a departmentalized Sunday school 
with a record attendance of 185, Sunday-morning and 
Sunday-evening services, a midweek prayer meeting 
with an average of over 40, and regular visitation by 
Sunday-school classes and church members being done 
each week. We have a staff of five Christian day school 
teachers, two bus drivers, custodian, and office clerk, all 
sacrificing in salary as a missionary work for the Lord. 
Every one of these could go out into the secular field 
and get more than twice what we can pay them. Here 
is real missions. 

Brethren, the Lord has accomplished all this through 
your giving, praying, and interest in home missions. We 
would be most ungrateful if we did not take this oppor- 
tunity to say a big "thank you." May the Lord's richest 
blessings be upon each one of ycu as you continue to 
support home missions. 

In the life of every pastor there comes a time to say a 
last official gocd-bye. And it's not because we had to 
say it, but enly because we have been cf the conviction 



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TEMPLE CITY CHANGES 




Temple City Brethren Sunday School; (Inset) East Pasadena Group 



Many changes took place in the Temple City Brethren 
Church during its brief history. The small group above 
was known as the East Pasadena Brethren Church and 
was the original of the present Temple City church. 
Later the name was changed to Rosemead Boulevard 
Brethren Church and finally to Temple City Brethren. 

The original location was on Rosemead Boulevard. 



Later the location was changed to Las Tunas Drive, and 
finally to Temple City Boulevard. 

Not only was the name and location changing, but the 
congregation was changing rapidly also. It had changed 
from the small group to the 158 present on Sunday, 
November 14, 1954, as contrasted in the above pic- 
ture. 



that this was God's will for this work at Temple City. 
As I have been reflecting in retrospect the events of the 
almost seven years, they have been busy years for both 
Mrs. Polman and myself. Not only have we been busy 
with the work of the church, which is a full-time job 
anytime, we have been busy traveling up and down the 
Pacific Coast as field representative for Scripture Press. 
Together this work and the church has been for some 
time more than we could comfortably handle. The days 
were filled with various activities, programming, and 
administration, with the ministry of the Word from the 
pu'pit, with the ministry of comfort in the sickroom, 
with the exhort ition, challenge, and instruction always 
trying to lead with all that goes into the life of a pastor. 
These things could never have been done if the Lord 
hadn't given this pastor a REAL helpmeet. She has had 
much of the responsibility when I was away from home 
and the church. If any success here, much of it must be 
credited to this preacher's wife! 

I cannot but think of the times of joy and sorrow of 
these years, and thank God for the privilege of having 
the opportunity of serving the church here and our 



Home Missions Council (which, by the way, we have 
served in three pastorates since 1929, with a few years 
out for evangelistic work among our churches). These 
have been wonderful years. It is not to the past that we 
must look now. Only the future lies before us — the 
future of Temple City and home missions and ths min- 
istry of the Word. 

With the new pastor, Rev. John Aeby, and his family 
coming to the field here January 9, 1955, giving full time 
to this work, I look for a great growth here in the next 
few years. Having this beautiful new chapel, classrooms, 
and equipment which we worked without for so many 
years, this church should show progress as never before. 
With a people who have done so much with so little 
these many years, it cannot be otherwise. 

To those who so faithfully support home missions, we 
must tell you that your investment in this place has not 
only accomplished the things which you have just read, 
but has for a number of years had its part in making 
possible an interest among this people in their giving. 
The records will show that they have been among those 
in the top bracket in per-capita giving to home missions, 



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DENVER GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH WINS BANNER AGAIN 




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JmHI 



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Left: Denver Sunday school; right: Rev. and Mrs. Tom Inman with their chfdren, and the Denver church. 



Grace Brethren Church. Denver, Cclo. 



hcme-mij- 



sion church, won the Brethren National Sunday School 
Contest for the first two months of October and No- 
vember in Division "A." This home-mission Sunday 
school not only won the banner for the largest increase 
in attendance, but also showed the largest percentage cf 
increase of all the Sunday schools reporting during the 
two months. 

The increase in the Sunday school is reflecting in- 
creases in all phases and services of the church. A re- 



cent bui' ding-fund Sunday showed a record offering 
■md it is being needed to complete the upper auditorium. 
Trie increacing Sunday school is taxing the present facil- 
ities to the limit. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council is proud of the 
Sunday school records being made by other home-mis- 
sion churches, with many of them finishing month by 
month near the top of the various divisions. We want to 
ee cur churches getting a good portion of those "60,000 
by 1960," the national Sunday-school goal. 



foreign missions, the seminary, youth work, Sunday- 
school work, etc. This is a missionary church. Pray with 
us that it will always be so. 

Our future — Mrs. Polman and I — as we leave is cer- 
tain. The ways and means of it are uncertain, to be sure, 
but it is in the hands of the Lord, so we know that it is 




Temple City's First WMC Group 
January 75, 7955 



sure. We do not know how or where He shall lead 
through the years, but we do know He will lead, so we 
doubt not. We only ask that you will pray with us that 
we shall always be willing to follow wherever He leads. 
It may be one day we shall again be building another 
home-mission church — maybe many of them. You may 
be sure that our hearts will always be in home missions. 



VACATIONING IN FLORIDA? 

If so, please remember the Brethren Church is 
establishing a beachhead at Fort Lauderdale. By the 
time you read this, Rev. and Mrs. Ralph J. Colburn 
will be on the field. They do not have a permanent 
address at this time, but they may be contacted by 
calling or writing to them c/o James W. Snyder, 1112 
NE. 10th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Better yet, if you are planning to move to Florida, 
why not consider Fort Lauderdale? By establishing a 
church there, you will help make possible other new 
Brethren churches in the southern States. 

MINUTE-MEN BE ON THE ALERT! 

To do a good job and do it quickly in Fort Lauder- 
dale, you are going to be called upon to assist. A let- 
ter will be coming your way soon with the details. 



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IGNORANCE IS BLISS? 



By Leanore Button 



It was an open court — one of those where apartments 
close in three sides. In most apartment sections there 
are many doorways and much shrubbery so that speak- 
ing to the people is an easy matter because you are 
usually able to speak with one person undisturbed. As I 
went up the stairs to apartments 9 and 12, a little boy- 
passed me going down. I smiled at him. His hair was 
blond, but his brown eyes marked him as a son of Israel. 

The porch, if it could be called that, was very small. A 
playpen took up most of the room, and sitting on the 
doorsill of No. 9 was a very lovely young Jewess. On the 
other side of the playpen was a tall Jewess and her dark 
hair was set in pincurls. She also was very young. 

"Good morning," I said cheerily. "I'm that pest around 
again with the Mediator. Since we haven't bothered you 
for such a long time, surely you won't be too disturbed 
this morning if I take only a few minutes of your time." 
I never like to find two women together because it is 
always difficult to get them to listen or to participate in 
any conversation. Alone, either might be interested. 

The tall girl gave me a withering look. "I don't want 
that paper, and, furthermore, I don't want to be bothered 
by you at all. Why can't you leave us alone? You are 
always trying to make us believe in Jesus." 

The other girl sitting on the doorstep refused the 
Mediator also, but quietly and unobtrusively. I didn't 
press her, feeling that next time we would catch her 
alone and she would accept it. I turned back to the 
tall one. 

"I'm not trying to make you believe anything," I said. 
"I'm only interested in trying to get you to check the 
claims of Messiah and to ask you to read your own book, 
the Tenach, the Old Testament." 

"I have read it!" she snapped, scooping up a little girl 
who was crawling rapidly toward the stairs. The other 
children seemed suddenly to become restless. The two 
in the playpen began to cry and slap at each other. 

"Then what do you think of the prophecies made by 
your own Jewish prophets concerning the Messiah?" I 
asked her above the noise. 

"Who am I to question God? I have my own belief. I 
don't want to know anything else. This is one place 
where ignorance is bliss." 

"You mean you don't believe the Torah [the Law — 
first five books of the Old Testament] and you don't 
believe your Jewish prophets?" 

"No. I am perfectly satisfied not to know what is in 
that Book. I wish you would go away and leave us alone. 
We don't want your Jesus. We want to be ignorant." 

"That is your choice, of course, but whether you be- 
lieve it or whether you are ignorant of God's law, the 
fact is, if you break it, you will pay the penalty. You 
should be sure that what you have is enough because it 
is not only your own soul that you are responsible for, 
but your children will follow in what you believe unless 
you direct them to the truth." 

She was very angry and there was no point in talking 
further. I went downstairs, but she followed me. Her 
children were giving her quite a little trouble. 

Another lady was in the court. I handed her a Media- 



tor, which she took. As I left, I heard the tall one still 
grumbling under her breath: "These people are always 
ccming around trying to make us believe in Jesus!" 

Out on the sidewalk I ran into an elderly man with 
whem I had quite a talk several days before. He had 
taken a New Testament. 

"How's business?" he asked, grinning at me. 

"God's business is always good," I told him. We 
walked along together to the next apartment. "If you 
mean how is the message of salvation being received," I 
told him, "that's a different story. Your Jewish brethren 
are still blind and deaf and stony-hearted to the only 
One who can save them, but we don't worry about that 
Even that. He has taken care of because He promised 
us that He would save a remnant of Israel. We are in 
search of those few.'" 

I waved good-bye to him, a little surprised that he 
would walk with me in plain sight of his Jewish friends. 
But as I went on my way, it was the tall girl I thought 
cf — the one who said, "Ignorance is bliss in this case." 
What excuse will this young woman have when she 
meets her Creator — the Holy One of Israel? Ignorance 
will be of little help because what she actually means 
is that she chooses not to believe what the Jewish 
prophets have said in God's Word. No; more than that, 
for she has said in effect, "I will not believe in God." 




Los Ange'es, Ca'if., Jewish Mission (Izobel Fraser, Mii- 
cicnary) — 

Yes; we're back into the swing of our calling pro- 
gr:m again and in it I have had several wonderful dis- 
cussions and opportunities to present the claims of 
Christ. We do have interesting ones on occasion; I had 
one today. This Jewish gentleman invited me in. Instead 
of my asking the questions, he did the asking. Did I 
beheve Jesus was born of the Holy Ghost? Was He also 
a descendant of David? He then took me to the geneal- 
ogy in Matthew 1. His contention was that Jesus could 
not possibly be born of the Holy Ghost and at the same 
time be a Son of David. Therefore, Christianity was 
based on a lie. This was something new from a Jew — 



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ACTIVITIES AT SPANISH-AMERICAN MISSION 



EDITORIALS 



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1-./4 




Top: The missionary staff gathered for one oj its reg- 
ular prayer meetings. Center: The Taos WMC group in 
session. Bottom: Miss Phyllis Homey celebrates birth- 
day No. 7. 



that is, in my experience. My explanation regarding the 
ancestry of Mary and Christ's legal claims as a foster 
son of Joseph stuck like water on a duck's back. We 
discussed the virgin birth to no avail. But God is able! 



(Continued From Page 34) 

to what the National Council delegates felt were major 
steps forward. 

1. There is a renewed concern in the "great social 
issues." 

2. "Increasing emphasis" on Christian vocation or 
how to get along on your job. 

3. "Increased recognition of the importance of lay 
activity." 

4. A "fresh realization" of the church's role in edu- 
cational processes in America. 

5. A "discernible and highly significant improvement 
in the religious morale" of church members. (We won- 
der where this fits into the above picture.) 

6. The growth of a "great network" of cooperative 
agencies. 

These things, the council felt, were advances of major 
proportions. 

Indeed, they are every one commendable and should 
exist in any state of Christian society. 

We cannot help but ask — 

1. Where does the Lord Jesus Christ figure in this 
picture? 

2. Are these emphases all the result of the clear 
teaching and exhortation received from God's Holy 
Word? 

3. How many souls were born again through this 
program last year? 

4. How many true preachers and missionaries of the 
cross laid their lives on the altar for home- and foreign- 
mission work? 

5. How many spiritual victories were won in the 
lives of church members as the direct result of such a 
program? 

6. Is the program for 1955 to proceed on the same 
basis? If so, what will be the story on crime and juvenile 
delinquency at the end of another year? 

No; the church (Christendom in America) is not pow- 
erless, but it is weak, emaciated, sick, and misguided by 
men who no longer use the Bible as their basic and only 
source of information, instruction, and power. The only 
parts of the church as a whole today which have power 
are those we call "fundamental" churches for want of a 
better name. These assemblies and denominations stand 
squarely on the Scripture as the absolute rule of faith 
and practice. 

Ninety-five million Christians with a vision could 
move the world for Christ. But, tragically, this is not 
the picture. On the other hand, many church members 
have never heard the Gospel of saving grace. In addi- 
tion, the National Council of Churches is doing little if 
anything to change the situation. 

The true children of God have a big job ahead until 
Jesus comes! 



Brethren Navaho Mission, Cuba, N. Mex. (Evan Adams, 
Missionary) — 

We had an all-day snow for a post-White Christmas 
December 2 7. Sixty-two attended the afternoon church 
service yesterday. Along with the regular service there 
was a good testimony meeting, followed by a time of 
prayer for those who desired to remain. Eleven re- 
mained, and among them was one young man who has 
never made any profession of Christ as Saviour. 



CHICO HOST FOR WORKSHOP 

The Grace Brethren Church of Chico, Calif., will be 
host church for the second annual Home Mission Work- 
shop to be held February 22, 23, and 24. This one is for 
the home-mission pastors and missionaries in the west- 
ern section of the United States, and a similar workshop 
will be held at Winona Lake for those living in the east- 
ern section. Phillip J. Simmons will be host pastor. 



January 75, 7955 



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The BRETHREN 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr... Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



WINONA LAKE, IND. Bill Byers, 
graduate of Bob Jones University, is 
the new songleader of Crusade Team 
Two, and James Martin is the new 
pianist. Rev. Archie Lynn is evan- 
gelist. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. The Tor- 
rey Memorial Bible Conference will 
be held at the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church and the First 
Brethren Church Jan. 16-23. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. An eight-day 
Sunday-school and missionary con- 
ference was held at the First Breth- 
ren Church Jan. 2-9. Rev, Kenneth 
Ashman is pastor. 

CORRECTION. On page 2 of the 
current Adult Sunday School Quar- 
terly, paragraph 1, lines 1 and 2 
should read, "The Holy Spirit used 
the Apostle John . . . ." 

DAYTON, OHIO. The Southern 
Ohio District Ministerium, and their 
wives, met at the YMCA on Dec. 6 
for a time of business and fellow- 
ship. 

COVINGTON, OHIO. A Jewish 
missionary conference was held at 
the First Brethren Church Dec. 17- 
19. Rev. James Young is pastor. 

BOZOUM, F. E. AFRICA. Daniel 
Paul Beaver arrived Dec. 23 in the 
home of Rev. and Mrs. Wayne Bea- 
ver. 

BELEM, BRAZIL. A son, Stanley 
Craig, was born to Rev. and Mrs. 
Edward Miller on Dec. 29. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. The new ad- 
dress of Rev. Lewis Hohenstein is 
11472 Mines Blvd. Please change 
Annual. 

INGLEWOOD. CALIF. The Cali- 
fornia District Ministerium met at 
the First Brethren Church on Dec. 
13. Rev. Glenn O'Neal was host pas- 
tor. 

FREMONT, OHIO. The son of 
Rev. and Mrs. Gordon Bracker is ill 
with what the doctors have diag- 
nosed as "bell palsy." If recovery is 
normal, it will take about six weeks. 
Rev. Bracker is pastor of the Grace 



Brethren Church. Prayer is re- 
quested. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. Mr. and Mrs. 
Henry W. Martin celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary. They are 
members of the West Tenth Street 
Brethren Church. 

PHOENIX, ARIZ. A "Christ and 
the Home Bible Conference" was 
held at the First Brethren Church 
Jan. 9-16. Dr. L. L. Grubb was the 
speaker. Rev. J. C. McKillen is pas- 
tor. All previous records for attend- 
ance were recently broken when 
there were 185 for Sunday school, 
210 for the morning worship, and 90 
for the evening service. 

SOUTH GATE, CALIF. The First 
Brethren Church occupied the new 
church building early in January. 
Rev. Alfred Dodds is pastor. 



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SPECIAL. A Scofield Bible revi- 
sion committee has been selected to 
begin work on a five-year revision 
program. The committee is made up 
of leading theologians of the United 
States. Dr. Alva J. McClain is a 
member of the committee. A full 
report will be made in the next issue 
of the Missionary Herald. 

SEATTLE, WASH. The Northwest 
District Ministerium will meet here 
on Jan. 18. Rev. Thomas Hammers 
will be host pastor. 

MARTINSBURG, VA. The prayer 
meeting attendance of the Rosemont 
Brethren Church was 115 Dec. 5, and 
120 Dec. 12. There were 214 in Sun- 
day school on Dec. 19. Rev. Earle 
Peer is pastor. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. Mr. and Mrs. 
L. E. Miller, members of the First 
Brethren Church, celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary Nov. 3. 

BUENA VISTA, VA. Correction: 
The Southeast District laymen's ral- 
ly will be held at the First Brethren 



On October 27, 1954, suit was filed 
against the Leon Brethren Church, 
Leon, Iowa, by the plaintiffs (a mi- 
nority group of members of the 
Leon Brethren Church under the 
guidance of Mr. George Ronk) who 
were sympathetic to Ashland Col- 
lege (Ohio) and to the National 
Conference of the Brethren Church. 
It was the Ashland faction of this 
conference that illegally wrested 
control of the National Conference 
of the Brethren Church in 1939 
chiefly because of our opposition to 
legalism and liberalism in our Breth- 
ren denomination. 

About January 4, 1955, the plain- 
tiffs in the case requested of the 
court that the case be "dismissed 
without prejudice." This simply 
means that the status now stands as 
though the case had never been filed. 

Indeed, Brethren, this is an an- 
swer to prayer. Thousands have 
been praying that God would inter- 
vene and change hearts or circum- 
stances. Our prayers have been an- 
swered. 

It has been the editorial policy of 
the Missionary Herald to keep from 
cur pages all reference to the law- 
suit that has been pending against 
the Leon Brethren Church, until the 
case actually went to court. How- 
ever, with this turn of events, we 
publish the decision. We should all 
now unite in prayer that God will 
bless this church in its future min- 
istry. 

The Committee on Denominational 
Interests desires to express appre- 
ciation to Mr. Leonard Bosgraf, of 
Chicago, 111., for his capable counsel 
in our behalf which assisted in 
bringing the dismissal of the case. 



Church on Feb. 4. Rev. K. E. Rich- 
ardson, pastor of t he Fairlawn 
Brethren Church, Radford. Va., will 
be the speaker. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Date Pastor Evangelist 

Jan. 17-19 Glen Welborn. ... R. I. Humberd. 

Jan. 18-30 Wm. Schaffer Crusade Team 2. 

Jan. 23-Feb. 6. . . James Young Bill Smith. 

Jan. 24-25 Vernon Harris. ... R. I. Humberd. 

Jan. 30-Feb. 2. . . J. Paul Miller. ... R. I. Humberd. 

Feb. 8-13 Keith Altig R. I. Humberd. 



Church 
Albany, Oreg. . . 
Kittanning, Pa. . 
Covington, Ohio. 
Portland, Oreg. . 
Modesto, Calif. . . 
Glendale, Calif. . 



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'FOR WE MUST ALL APPEAR 
BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT 
OF CHRIST THAT EVERY ONE 
MAY RECEIVE THE THINGS 
DONE IN HIS BODY, ACCORDING 
TO THAT HE HATH DONE, 
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IT IS REQUIRED IN STEWARDS, THAT 
A MAN BE FOUND 



AITHFUL 




By REV. C. S. ZIMMERMAN 
National Statistician 



Another evidence of the faithful- 
ness of God to the people of the 
Brethren Church is in the statistical 
report submitted at National Con- 
ference in August 1954. We see the 
increased accomplishment of the 
churches in every avenue of en- 
deavor. There is a substantial gain 
in membership and souls won to the 
Lord. Finances have never been so 
good, and the per-capita giving of 
$100.92 is the highest in our history. 
But there are more interesting fig- 
ures that did not get into the pub- 
lished report. 

According to information received 
from the Chamber of Commerce of 
the United States the following sta- 
tistics hold for the year 1953: 

Population of United States — 162.- 
000,000. 

Average persons per American 
home — 3.4. 

Average family income in 1953 — 
$5,970. 

Number of gainfully employed 
persons in United States— 62,000,000. 

Average income of gainfully em- 
ployed persons — $4,589. 

From the statistical report of the 
Brethren Church you will find the 
total membership to be 20.819 for 
1953. If the average size of the 
American family taken from the 
above report of 3.4 is applied to the 
Brethren Church, there are 6,123 
families in the churches. The aver- 
age family income for the United 
States in 1953 was $5,970. This mul- 
tiplied by 6,123 — the number of fam- 
ilies in Brethren churches — will 
show the total income of the Breth- 
ren families to be $36,554,310 for 
1953. If this income would have been 
tithed, there would have been a 
total of $3,655,431 passed into the 



work of Brethren churches. From 
the annual statistical report there 
was $2,101,010.04 brought into the 
treasuries of the many churches for 
all purposes. This figure is $1,554,- 
420.96 short of the tithe on the total 
income of Brethren families. 

But let us take the figures an- 
other way lest there be some who 
say that only the unemployed chil- 
dren of some families are in the 
church. According to the report 
above from the Chamber of Com- 
merce, the total number gainfully 
employed persons in the U. S. A. is 
62 million. The percentage relation 
of this figure to the total population 
of 162 million applied to the total 
membership of the Brethren Church 
indicates that there are 7,967 gain- 
fully employed Brethren people. 
Multiply this figure by $4,589, the 



COMFORT 

Each "fate" in life is for the best — 
Though hard to understand; 

The night as well as sunny day 
Is measured from His hand. 

He metes the variant rains that fall. 
And clouds that dim the sun; 

He tempers every shattered hope. 
Or human griefs that stun. 

Each tear by Him is treasured up 

In vials of memory; 
The cause, and healing, of them hold 

For Him no mystery. 

And He who lights the stars of night, 
As gleams amid the gloom, 

Will tend the tapers of our faith — 
If we permit Him room. 

—Wm. Wallace Ellis. 



average income for all gainfully em- 
ployed people in the U. S. A., and 
the total income for gainfully em- 
ployed Brethren is $36,553,563. There 
is only $747 difference in this total 
and the total for the family income. 
The tithe of this would be $3,655,- 
356.30. The excess of this over the 
total coming into Brethren treas- 
uries for all purposes is $1,554,346.26. 
Take either figure you desire and 
the amount withheld from the Lord 
in tithes is a staggering one. 

Now take a quick look at the 
major items of expenditure. Accord- 
ing to the statistical report of the 
church, approximately 74 percent 
was retained for local use; 12 per- 
cent sent to foreign missions; 9 per- 
cent used for home missions; 4 per- 
cent went into the field of education; 
and .3 percent used for publications. 
Now if these percentages were ap- 
plied to the $1,554,420.96 withheld 
tithe, the following additional 
amounts could have been used as 
follows, with some to spare: 

Locally $1,150,277 

Foreign missions. . 186,530 
Home missions . . . 139,898 

Education 62,177 

Publications 4.663 

Now lest the accusation of being 
a legalist be made, we believe that 
the Scripture teaches that we are to 
give to our Lord according as He has 
prospered us, and we believe this 
heartily, but we also believe that 
the tithe is a good starting place to 
determine the amount of the gift. If 
applied to the income it will increase 
or decrease as we are prospered or 
prosperity is withheld. Brethren, let 
us think on these things; let us be- 
come hilarious givers. Remember, 
when we rob God, we rob ourselves! 



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It's the Oregon Trail to Portland in '55— August 10-17 

January 15, 1955 



43 



The Year 1955 



Years come and go. With the pass- 
ing of each one there are lessons 
learned and with the new there are 
opportunities for greater things. As 
we think concerning the year 1955, 
three words bring to us the urgency 
of living outwardly the life of Christ. 

FAITHFULNESS 

It was the Apostle Paul writing to 
Christians in the city of Corinth con- 
cerning their faithfulness as stew- 
ards of the mysteries of God who 
said "that a man be found faithful." 
This demands that we continue in 
the ministry of Christ, knowing our 
heavenly calling. Every believer is a 
minister of Christ. A spasmodic min- 
istry on our part is insufficient. We 
must serve in faithfulness. This is 
conditioned upon several things. 

A proper knowledge oj eternal 
values will cause us to be faithful. 
Many desires and wants of this life 
are magnified out of proportion by 
our own earthliness and are to blame 
for the interruptions in our Chris- 
tian service. This robs us of the re- 
wards of faithfulness. 

A willingness to do service for 
Christ when we do not feel like it 
is essential to faithfulness. If we 
would only serve Christ when we 
feel at our best, our year, our life, 
would be a dismal failure. 

A desire to jorego our own pleas- 
ure to do God's will is another nec- 
essary element in faithfulness. Those 
who have found the choicest of 
blessings in Christian service have 
been the ones who had a desire to 
sidestep many of the joys of living 
in view of the overwhelming burden 
of doing God's will. Without such a 
desire, faithfulness will soon give 
way to self's ambitions. 

A consistency in the doing of the 
task at hand is the capstone of faith- 
fulness. To be always the same is a 
characteristic of our Christian lives 
to be much sought after. Many be- 
gin the task with a flourish, but soon 
cease their efforts as the newness 
wears away. Some begin again at 
the next mountain peak, to cease 
again in the valley. Without a steady 



pace in Christian service great abid- 
ing faithfulness can never develop. 

SPIRITUALITY 

Spirituality is a quality in the life 
of a Christian which is difficult to 
define. In a real sense spirituality is 
much like humility, in that as one 
becomes aware of its presence, it is 
in great jeopardy of being lost A 
lack of spirituality is most easily 
discerned. The Apostle Paul wrote 
to the Corinthian believers that he 
could not speak unto them as unto 
spiritual, but as unto carnal He fur- 
ther states that strifes and divisions 
with other fleshly evidences were 
the basis of his conclusion. 

Thus we deduce that the spiritual 
life is one of harmony with the will 
and program of God, resulting in 
abstinence from that which is fleshly 
or carnal. "For to be carnally mind- 
ed is death; but to be spiritually 
minded is life and peace." We learn 
from Colossians. chapter 1, several 
of the things upon which spiritual- 
ity rests. 

The work of the Spirit of God is 
the foundation of spirituality. With- 
out this transforming work of the 
Spirit spirituality must by nature be 
nonexistent. In the heart of the nat- 
ural man, who is the unregenerate 
sinner, death dwells. Until he is res- 
urrected in the newness of the life 
in Christ he can never be spiritual. 

The spiritual understanding which 
is brought into the believer's life by 
the Spirit of God is the guide which 
enables him to walk worthy of the 
Lord. A man cannot be spiritual 
while he is spiritually dead, and he 
can never be spiritual of his own 
attainment, even after becoming a 
believer. Spiritual understanding re- 
sides by the indwelling Spirit who 
enables the believer to live pleasing 
to the Lord from day to day 

The strength of the life allied with 
the Spirit of God is a further basis 
of spirituality. Byproducts of this 




By JOHN MAYES 

Pastor, Paramount Brethren Church 

Paramount, Calif. 



strength are patience, longsuffering, 
joyfulness, and thanksgiving. This 
is that strength which enables us to 
stand against sin. 

DEDICATION 

The last of these three words is 
dedication. This means to turn one's 
self aside from one thing to the 
motivated doing of another. Bring- 
ing this to bear upon the believer's 
life it means that we have turned 
aside from sin to do, by the motiva- 
tion of our love for our Lord, service 
in living for Him. Dedication, too, 
has some principles upon which it is 
dependent. 

To follow Christ is the prime req- 
uisite for those who would dedicate 
themselves to Him. Our Lord tells 
us that if we would be His disciples, 
we must take up our cross and fol- 
low Him. In this is shown our dedi- 
cation to His work. To be independ- 
ent in action and purpose is contra- 
dictory to that dedication which 
would have us act in regard to God's 
purpose. 

To hear the voice of Christ is es- 
sential for the carrying out of His 
work to which we have dedicated 
ourselves. Jesus said, "My sheep 
hear my voice." The listening heart 
will be divinely guided, causing the 
efforts of the dedicated life to be 
spent in harmony with the purposes 
of God and thus to become fruitful 
unto every good work. 

Ahead of us in a new year lies 
great opportunity. By living a faith- 
ful, spiritual, and fully dedicated life 
we may enjoy deeper fellowship and 
richer blessings than we have ever 
before experienced. 



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A Positive Faith for This New Year 



A brandnew year, 1955. A clean 
slate. A new chance to correct past 
failures and move on to greater 
accomplishments. These and kindred 
thoughts move through the minds of 
men as we pass from the old year 
and step into the new. We see others 
doing it and perhaps we find our- 
selves forming resolutions which are 
aimed to correct the shortcomings 
turned up by the inventories to 
which we may have subjected our- 
selves. Resolutions, as made by most 
people, are at best futile abortive 
attempts at self-betterment which, 
even traditionally, arrive on the 
surge of a feeling of a need for im- 
provement and disappear even be- 
fore the crest of enthusiasm has 
subsided into the turbulence of 
everyday life. 

Besides there being a lack of 
strength or will to accomplish in the 
energy of human flesh alone, most 
resolutions have an aspect about 
them which causes them to be dis- 
tasteful and to be soon broken and 
discarded simply because we do not 
want to keep them. We treat them as 
we do medicine — "mighty good fer 
what ails ya, but awful bad-tastin' 
stuff." We soon feel that the cure is 
worse than the disease and we aban- 
don the effort. 

The quality which causes failure 
in the keeping of many resolutions, 
personal betterment programs, and 
even plans for growth in the Chris- 
tian life, is that of being negative 
rather than positive. Even when 
stated positively the thought behind 
many such worthy ideals is negative. 
We think in terms of what we ought 
to give up in order that we might 
benefit. Overindulgences in eating 
or other practices are seen as being 
harmful to us even though pleasur- 
able, and so we decide to make the 
supreme sacrifice and forego that 
which we otherwise desire. The de- 
cision is commendable, but the re- 
sult very often is not. There is a 
basic error in this sort of reasoning 
for the born-again child of God 
which it should prove helpful to 
consider as we enter into what we 
pray will be a truly prosperous year 
for each of us. 

The natural man seldom thinks 
beyond the measure of material 
prosperity and physical well-being 
which brings enjoyment of life, but 
there is a great depth of meaning 



beyond the worldly conception in 
the word "happy" as it is used in the 
New Testament. The word occurs 
six times in the King James Version. 
However, the same Greek word 
which in those six instances is trans- 
lated "happy" has 43 other occur- 
rences where it is translated "bless- 
ed." Immediately we grasp a new 
depth to the word which is beyond 
our customary usage. We see it as a 
condition which is dependent upon 
and vitally connected with our rela- 
tionship to God. We are "blessed" 
or "happy" when we through God's 
grace become united with the Lord 
Jesus Christ and stand as sons be- 
fore our heavenly Father. 

Subjectively, when we are clothed 
in God's blessing we will experience 
"the peace of God which passeth all 




By RAYMOND THOMPSON 

Pastor of McHenry Avenue Grace 
Brethren Church, Modesto, Calif. 



understanding" and our cup will be 
full to overflowing with true joy and 
happiness. 

Objectively, the peace, joy, and 
happiness which we inwardly feel 
will radiate from us and our lives 
will be living testimonies to the glo- 
rious grace of our God. Moreover, 
as we see that this same word "hap- 
py" or "blessed" is used by Jesus as 
recorded in Matthew 5 to describe 
those who are to be the subjects of 
His kingdom, it takes on another di- 
mension which we have not yet 
mentioned. Persons evidencing about 
nine different characteristics are 
honored as "blessed" in this passage. 
These characteristics are not as- 
sumed as a veneer or a front behind 
which the true personality hides. 
Rather they are the evidences which 
flow forth from the character of the 



true person, a character which par- 
takes of the very essence of God 
himself, for we read in I Timothy 
1:11 of the "blessed God" who is the 
Author of the "glorious gospel." God 
not only communicates His benefits 
to His children as blessings, but He 
instills by the new birth His own 
nature in such a way that the acts 
which issue from the life so changed 
are described as "blessed" acts, be- 
ing the result of a "blessed" nature. 
We see then that the Christian life is 
a positive thing from its very incep- 
tion. It is not a mere removal of that 
which is bad from the old nature, 
but it is a new birth whereby the 
very life of Christ dwells within and 
motivates life. 

Many professing Christians have 
wandered from a positive Christian 
life as evidenced by the gauges 
which they use to determine what 
they should or should not do. When 
contemplating some service in the 
name of Christ, a man may say, 
"What will I have to give up?" No 
Christian ever "gives up" anything 
for the cause of Christ. Because of 
cur shortsightedness it may some- 
times appear that we do, but in real- 
ity each supposed sacrifice is a step- 
pingstone to a greater and an eter- 
nal blessing. The cross of Christ was 
in the path to victory and blessing. 
Through the channel of the cross He 
purchased infinite eternal glory to 
himself and salvation for the world. 
Aside from our identification at Cal- 
vary with Him, our cross, those 
things in which we are given a 
choice to either go forward to vic- 
tory in His strength or to fall down 
to defeat in our own, is the path to 
eternal blessing and glory. 

Another negative standard which 
blights the life of Christians is the 
question, "What harm is there in 
it?" by which questionable practices 
are so often measured. What busi- 
ness has a possessor of the light of 
life, one who is indwelt by the spot- 
less Son of God, in seeing how close 
he can come to the slime pits of hell 
without being soiled? He has been 
sent on a positive mission of good. 
He is on an errand with a message, 
the message that Jesus died to save 
men from the mire and slime of sin. 
His standard then is not "What harm 
is there in it?" but "What can I ac- 
complish through this thing which 
will honor my Saviour?" 



January 75, 7955 



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Ui 



'P FROM the mists and shadows of 
the ending age, like some colossal 
specter, is to start a mighty figure of 
sin and wickedness whose ominous 
outline against the twilight sky of 
the centuries is the sure and unfail- 
ing sign of the end-time to which 
this world is swiftly and inevitably 
wheeling. Paul tells us his name. He 
is the man oj sin. He is the incarna- 
tion of sin even as God's spotless 
Christ was the incarnation of holi- 
ness. He is the Antichrist. He is an 
abomination; he is a desolafor; he 
sitteth in the temple of God; he op- 
poseth and exalteth himself above 
all that is called God; he is a false 
king and a false god; he shall be 
destroyed by the brightness of the 
Lord's own glorious coming. Thus a 



break it at the end of three and a 
half years (Dan. 9:27). 

6. He will exalt himself to the 
position of God, and prosper greatly 
until the end of the tribulation (Dan. 
11:36-39; Ezek. 28:2, 6, 9). 

7. He will be the wisest, the rich- 
est, the proudest, and the most glo- 
rious of all rulers (Ezek. 28:3-7). 

8. He will be accepted by the 
Jews (John 5:43). 

9. He is the man of sin and the 
son of perdition. Apostasy precedes 
his manifestation. He presents him- 
self in the temple as God. He will be 
destroyed by the return of Christ. 
His work will be satanic. He will 
have great power, will work mir- 
acles and thus deceive. He will com- 
pletely delude those who reject the 



THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST 



divine hand underscores the 15th 
verse of the 24th chapter of Matthew 
and marks as the first sign of the 
end the sign of Antichrist and trib- 
ulation. 

"Antichrist shall come." Such is 
the inspired pronouncement, and 
"the scriptures cannot be broken." 
Therefore, immediately following the 
rapture of the church, this seven- 
year period of great tribulation will 
be thrust upon this world. Hence the 
superman, for whom all the world 
is waiting, will soon be here. Even 
now he may be alive. But who is he? 
From whence does he come? Such 
are the questions to which we seek 
an answer. Let us hear what God 
says. 

1. The Antichrist will arise in the 
midst of a ten-leagued nation; name- 
ly, the revived Roman Empire, and, 
subduing three kings, will reign over 
the remaining seven (Dan. 7:8, 23- 
24). 

2. He will hold sway until Christ 
returns, and. with the saints, estab- 
lishes the kingdom. Therefore, the 
Antichrist will be manifested and 
will rule just previous to the return 
of Christ and His millennial reign 
(Dan. 7:21-22). 

3. He will endeavor to change 
the calendar and establish laws 
(Dan. 7:25). 

4. His reign will be characterized 
by hatred of God and persecution of 
the saints (Dan. 7:21, 25; 8:24). 

5. He will make a seven-year 
covenant with the Jews, but will 




and is finally conquered by Christ 
at His second advent; his army is 
destroyed, and he himself, with the 
false prophet is cast alive into Ge- 
henna (Rev. 19:19-20). 

He is Satan's counterfeit oj Christ. 
That is, he is both the imitator and 
the opposite of the true Christ. He 
comes up from the pit, even as 
Christ came down from heaven. He 
receives lib authority from Satan, 
even as Christ received His from the 
Father. His reign, from the time of 
his open revelation, lasts three years 
and a half, about the same as that of 
our Lord's ministry upon earth. He 
is a false king, even as Christ is the 
true one. He is a boaster and a brag- 
gart, even as Christ humbled and 
emptied himself. He breaks all laws, 
whereas Christ came to fulfill the 
law. He controls the wealth of the 
world, whereas Christ "for our sakes 
became poor." 

He is the warlord of the earth, to 
which Christ came to bring peace 
and goodwill. He is the opposer of 
God, while Christ came expressly to 
do the Father's will. He is the wolf 
who seeks to destroy God's sheep, 
whereas Christ is the tender shep- 
herd who came to care for them and 
to give His life for them He is one of 
a satanic trinity; to wit, Satan, the 
Beast, and the False Prophet, just 
as Christ is one person of the Triune 
God. He is accepted and worshiped 
by the world; Christ was rejected 
and crucified by the same. He is 
hurled from his world throne at the 
last; Christ is exalted to His. He is 



AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO SATAN 



truth and love unrighteousness. And 
all who accept him will perish (II 
Thess. 2:3-4, 8-12). 

10. He will prosper for three and 
a half years, energized by Satan, 
after being fatally wounded and 
healed. He blasphemes God, makes 
war on the saints, rules over all na- 
tions, and is worshiped by the un- 
saved (Dan. 8:24; Rev. 13:1-8). 

11. He obtains worship by means 
of deceptive miracles performed by 
the false prophet, has an image of 
himself placed in the temple which 
is made to speak. He compels all to 
take his mark in order to buy and 
sell, and is designated by the num- 
ber 666 (Rev. 13:11-18). 

12. He leads the kings of the 
earth to the Battle of Armageddon, 



By ALFRED LODDS 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 
South Gate, Calif. 



finally abased in the lowest hell; 
Christ is lifted up to the highest 
heaven. 

Terse, vivid, and authoritative is 
Jesus Christ's story of the end. The 
wickedness of all times shall be 
headed up in a man of sin, even as 
God's holiness was embodied in the 
Man of Righteousness. Satan's "time 
is short" and "his wrath is great." 
He vents this rage in a fierce tribu- 
lation upon the world which from 
the beginning he has sought to be- 

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Martinsburg, Pa. 

The power of God was felt very 
keenly during the days of evangelis- 
tic services at Martinsburg. Pa., Oc- 
tober 17-31. United prayer and co- 
operation were the backbone for the 
campaign. The average attendance 
for the two weeks was 160 and the 
visible results were five decisions for 
salvation and two for rededication. 

Rev. Gerald Teeter did a wonder- 
ful job as director of music. The 
choir added much to the services. 

There were representatives from 
every one of the seven Brethren 
churches in this area during the two 
weeks. 

This was my first trip to Martins- 
burg and I continually thank our 
Lord that He let me be there during 
this time when He was going to 
bless. — Bill Smith, evangelist. 



October 17-31 were days when 
God revived His work in Martins- 
burg, Pa. A genuine love for souls 
and sincere preaching of the Word 
was manifested by our evangelist, 
Bill Smith. This became contagious 
with our people and as a result we 
felt it was a united work of evange- 
list, pastor, and people in seeking 
lost souls for Christ. 

The Lord rewarded the efforts 
with decisions that have been bene- 
ficial to the work. 

Certainly the Lord did exceeding- 
ly abundantly above our requests. — 
Gerald W. Teeter, pastor. 

Albany, Oreg. 

It was getting dangerously close to 
Christmas. And the spirit of the sea- 
son made some subtle encroach- 
ments upon the meeting scheduled 
for the Grace Brethren Church 
November 30 -December 12 with 
Crusade Team Two. Notwithstand- 
ing, many of the members were 
faithful in attendance. Also, many 
bought up opportunities to go and 
invite others. 

Average attendance for the meet- 
ings was above the 70 mark. During 
these services four souls came for- 
ward for salvation. Several others 
rededicated their lives to the Lord. 



During the last week there were 
four afternoon "Happy Hour" serv- 
ices for children. An average of 70 
children attended. Thirty children 
responded to the invitation to re- 
ceive Christ as Saviour. This phase 
of the campaign was led by Rev. 
Ralph Colburn and his wife. 

Some sow the good seed of the 
Gospel, others water, but God gives 
the increase. And we believe God 
will give more increase. — Glen Wei- 
horn, pastor. 

Aleppo, Pa. 

Aleppo recently enjoyed the bless- 
ings of special meetings with Rev. 
H. Leslie Moore as evangelist Even 
hurricane "Hazel" didn't spoil our 
attendance, which ranged from 22 on 
the night of the storm and high 
water, to 160, with an average of 98. 

A highlight of our meeting was 
our preprayer circle, never before so 
successful. The pastor and evange- 
list were busy calling, dealing with 
souls, and helping in the transporta- 
tion. 

Since then our Wednesday -night 
prayer meeting has doubled in at- 
tendance with more Sunday-school 
teachers present than for years be- 
fore. Special prayer-request cards 
are being given out and exchanged 
each week. These are for daily 
prayer by individuals and will bring 
blessing. — Fred Wm. Walter, pastor, 
Aleppo Brethren Church. 

Sugar Grove, Pa. 

November 16-28 Victor Rogers, 
pastor of the Brethren church at 
Jenners, Pa., came to a Union 
Church at Sugar Grove, where we 
pastor the work part time. The Lord 
blessed in the meetings from the 
start Interest was good. Attendance 
was the best for many years, with 
an average of 118. Twenty-six peo- 
ple made decisions, most of them 
first-time decisions for Christ. — Fred 
Wm. Walter, pastor. 

Beaver City, Nebr. 

We had two good weeks in revival 
effort at the Brethren church in 
Beaver City, Nebr. The Lord blessed 
from the beginning and several vital 
decisions were made, including one 
family for the church. The pastor, 
Dayton Cundiff, led the singing, and 
Mrs. Cundiff made a chalk drawing 
each night. It was good work. 

They have a splendid group of 
young people. Dozens of calls were 
made as pastor and people worked 



together in harmony. We thank God 
for the victories, and that a full- 
time pastor is now in Beaver City. — 
R. Kettell, evangelist. 

Clayton, Ohio 

In December 1953 the Lord gave 
us a blessed revival at Clayton, Ohio. 
In the recent evangelistic campaign 
conducted here, He gave us even 
greater blessings. 

The passion and enthusiasm were 
in operation before I arrived for the 
meeting. Deep conviction and inter- 
est were evident at every service. 
There were seven precious souls 
who came publicly to receive Jesus 
Christ as Saviour. 

Rev. Clair Brickel, the songleader 
for 1954 National Fellowship, was 
the songleader for the campaign. A 
revival choir, along with excellent 
special music, did much to prepare 
hearts for the message. 

The theme for these two weeks 
was "Know Jesus Christ," with John 
17:3 as the campaign verse. There 
were delegations from Covington, 
Bethany. Patterson Park, Engle- 
wood, Troy, Dayton First, Sample- 
ville, and Columbus.— Bill Smith, 
evangelist. 



The Lord blessed the Clayton 
church during the two weeks of re- 
vival services conducted by Evan- 
gelist Bill Smith. The attendance 
was excellent for the two weeks and 
the average of 130 was the best we 
have experienced. Souls were saved 
under the sound preaching of the 
Word by this energetic Spirit-filled 
servant of the Lord. 

The interest in these meetings was 
keenly felt by pastor and evangelist. 
The Lord's people were successful in 
bringing out unsaved to the meet- 
ings. The Lord only knows the re- 
sults that will come from the work- 
ing of God's people and the faithful 
preaching of this evangelist. We 
were thankful that the Lord sent 
Brother Smith to bless our hearts by 
the preaching of the Word. — Clair 
Brickel, pastor, First Brethren 
Church. 

Harrisburg, Pa. 

Evangelistic meetings were con- 
ducted Nov. 17-28 with Rev. Harold 
Etling as evangelist, and Rev. Gerald 
Polman, of York Pa., as songleader. 
There were 14 public decisions and 
an average attendance of 114. From 
Nov. 14 to Dec. 5, 11 have joined 
the church. Eight await baptism. 
Rev. Conard Sandy is pastor. 



January 75, 7955 



47 



THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST 



(Continued From Page 46) 



Thy Speech Betrayeth Thee 



"How many of you children want 
a doughnut?" Mother asked her 
brood of nine as they surrounded 
the table. 

"Me," came the chorus reply. 

"No one gets anything unless he 
answers correctly. I get weary of 
having to forever correct your gram- 
mar. You older children especially 
know better and should set a good 
example for the little ones. Since 
the little word "do" is implied in 
your answer, and you most certainly 
wouldn't say 'me do," how should 
you have replied?" 

"Ah." In the chorus response this 
time Mother heard only one or two 
strong "I's." The "ah*s" for "I" were 
as southern as corn pone and hom- 



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iny grits. She burst into laughter 
and said: "You little Rebels. No one 
would know by your speech that 
seven of you were Yankee-born. 
You do the southerners credit." 

"What else can you expect. Moth- 
er?" David questioned. "We hear it 
all around us every day. I don't even 
know I'm talking differently. And 
our little children don't remember 
the way northerners talk. You don't 
object to our accent, do you?" 

"Certainly not. In fact, I find the 
southern drawl quite delightful. It 
is a refreshing change from the 
clipped Yankee speech, although I 
confess it took me several months to 
understand some pronunciations. I'll 
never forget the first weekend here 
in Roanoke when the BYF went on 
an outing to a place which sounded 
to me like 'Peak Sevada.' It was 
nearly two weeks before I under- 
stood that you had gone to the 



mountain known as 'Peaks of Otter.' 
I think that one of the compensa- 
tions which come to preachers' fam- 
ilies is a wide range of acquaintances 
with the mores and colloquialisms 
of the various sections where we 
are called to live and serve the 
Lord." 

"Do you like to move?" Sharon 
asked. "Are we gonna move?" 

"Who said anything about moving. 
Nosey?" an exasperated older broth- 
er remonstrated. 

"Now. let's not get excited. Shar- 
on has a right to ask questions. No: 
I can't say that moving is the most 
soothing experience in the world. 
Honey. Especially with the trappings 
of nine youngsters. But it can be 
done without turning the world up- 
side down. If I never had anything 
harder to do than moving in my life- 
time. I'd have no complaints. As for 
moving, we go where and when the 
Lord says. The pastor's life, and that 
of his family's, is one that recog- 
nizes in a special way that on this 
earth we have 'no certain abiding 
p'.ace.' We cannot let down our roots 
too deeply in any one spot because 
the uprooting would be very painful 
and upsetting. I'm sure pastors' fam- 
ilies will really enjoy the sinless 
glory and permanency of heaven. 
Ardyth, stop pouring that salt into 
your milk! Come, children. Let's get 
to our work. It is 6 o'clock already 
and prayer meeting starts at 7:15." 

As Mother worked at top speed to 
bed down the babies and prepnre for 
the hour of prayer and Bible study, 
she chuckled again at the "ah's" of 
her children. How their speech tells 
where they've been living for better 
than five years. Northern friends 
have commented more than once, 
because to them it is especially no- 
ticeable. To Daddy and Mother it is 
not so pronounced because it has 
come gradually and they have been 
with it all the while. 

How truly the maiden spoke to 
Peter the night his Lord was be- 
trayed: "Surely thou also art one of 
them: for thy speech bewrayeth 



tray and to wreck. God veils the 
heavens in darkness, the sign of His 
indignation against sin and of His 
near and swift vengeance upon its 
malignant author. 

Titanic forces of evil gird them- 
selves for their final struggle of the I 
age-end. But struggle there is none! 
As easily as the white hissing light- I 
ning leaps from the midheavens and 
shivers to atoms the towering pines, I 
so does He, whose coming is as the I 
lightning flash, wither to palsied | 
helplessness by "the breath of his 
mouth and the brightness of his 
ccming" the braggart false god and 
king. He who had exalted himself to 
the heavens is cast into the depths of 
hell, while angel hands lay hold of 
end bind the prince of evil through 
ail the golden centuries of peace and 
i-ighteousness which now bring to a 
weary world the glorious reign of 
earth's lawful King — the Prince of 
Peace in truth. Of that marvelous 
pointing, then, of the age-end which 
unrolls in stupendous and solemn 
grandeur in the Book of Revelation, 
the 24th chapter of Matthew is the 
Master's pencil sketch. 



[betrayeth ] thee" (Matt. 2.;, 3). 
What of your speech and mine, oh 
Christian? What does it tell of U3? 

"Thy speech betrayeth thee." Does 
your speech honor the Lord ycu 
profess to love, or does it bring dis- 
honor upon His holy name? If the 
speech is bitter, unkind, dishonest, 
sweet to one's face but like barbed 
wire in the back, it is evident that 
the heart out of which such things 
proceed needs cleansing, for "out of 
the heart are the issues of life." Nor 
is speech, however soft-spoken or 
gently handled, honoring to the Lord 
i: it is not backed up by the life. The 
old proverb, "What you do speaks so 
loudly I cannot hear what you say," 
packs a mighty truth. "Thy speech 
betrayeth thee." The language of 
heaven will not deceive God or save 
the soul. 

"Thy speech betrayeth thee." Oh, 
Father God, give us cleansed hearts 
and pure speech, coupled with a 
burning desire to win the lost all 
around us to Jesus Christ, who is 
;he world's Way, Truth, and Life 
(John 14:6). 



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January 15, 7955 



The BRETHREN 




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EDUCATIONAL NUMBER 



JANUARY 22, 1955 



IACE SEMINARY'S PART IN BRETHREN FOREIGN MISSIONS 





SIXTY-FOUR GRACE-TRAINED MISSIONARIES ARE NOW SERVING THE 
LORD IN AFRICA, ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, FRANCE, AND MEXICO. YOUR 
INVESTMENT IN THEIR PREPARATION IS PAYING HUGE DIVIDENDS! 




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A Grace— Not a Burden 



By Dr. Homer A. Kent, Chairman of the Administrative Committee 




Dr. Kent. 



Sometimes the matter of giving for the support of the 
work of the Lord is looked upon as a burden to be borne. 
Some preachers hesitate to present financial appeals to 
their congregations lest their people become irritated 
thereby. 

The Apostle Paul had an entirely different conception 
of Christian giving than this. He looked upon it as a 
grace, not as a burden to be 
shunned. When writing to the 
Corinthian church on the matter 
of receiving an offering for the 
poor saints at Jerusalem, he cited 
them to the manner in which the 
churches of Macedonia had given, 
and said that their liberality was 
due to "the grace of God be- 
stowed" on them (II Cor. 8:1). 
This grace was so active in their 
lives that even in the midst of 
deep poverty they could not be 
restrained from manifesting it. 

Prior to this manifestation, the grace of God had im- 
pelled them to first give "their own selves to the Lord" 
(ibid., vs. 5). The result of this operation of the grace 
of giving and living in the experience of the Macedo- 
nians provided Paul with just the sort of illustration he 
needed to impress the Corinthians with their privilege 
and responsibility. 

Then after citing this example he proceeded to make 
use of the most perfect example of the grace of giving in 
all the corridors of time. "For ye know the grace of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for our 
sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might 
be rich" (ibid., vs. 9). The conclusion to be reached 
from Paul's two examples is this: the sort of giving that 
God wants and that God can bless is prompted by the 
grace of God in the heart of the believer. 

Grace is the undeserved favor of God in the lives of 
those who deserve the very opposite. It is a gift from 
heaven. It is an attitude of mind and heart that takes 
possession of a person when he yields himself to the 
Lord Jesus Christ. The grace of God in the heart is a 
sure evidence of the new birth. That aspect of this 
divine grace known as the grace of giving is also a gift 
of God, and it is an evidence that a person is truly a 
child of God and loves God's work. Why are some pro- 
fessed Christians so niggardly in their giving? One of 
two things must be true. Either such as these do not 
really have the grace of God in their hearts at all and 
so are Christians in name only, or they, though being 
true children of God, have not fully yielded themselves 
to the Lord, and so refuse to let the grace of giving 
operate in their lives. 

The grace of giving is a beautiful thing to behold in 
God's people. It is so Christlike. It may operate in dif- 



ferent ways, but it always brings blessing to God's cause. 
It is heavenly in its origin. If all of God's people would 
manifest it as they should, God's work would always be 
cared for. When Israel in the wilderness possessed will- 
ing hearts, they brought more than enough in materials 
to complete the tabernacle (Exod. 30:5-6). If all the 
members of the Brethren Church would allow the grace 
of giving to be displayed, as these Israelites displayed it, 
and as the Macedonians did, there would be no lack in 
the support of any phase of the work of the church. 

We who are connected with Grace Seminary and 
College are persuaded that this part of the Lord's work, 
having to do with establishing young people in the faith 
of our Lord Jesus Christ and with preparing them for 
His service in this and other lands, is of vast importance. 
For its continuance it is dependent upon a multitude of 
friends who experience the grace of giving. They who 
experience this grace and who see the necessity of an 
adequate preparation for those who desire to serve the 
Lord find real joy in having a part in this ministry. What 
ministry in our church offers more far-reaching results 
than that of Christian education as is offered in Grace 
Seminary and College? Year after year from its halls 
goes forth a steady stream of young men and women to 
assume leadership in pastorates, the mission fields, the 
classrooms, and other phases of the Lord's work. 

-We are sure that if Brethren people as a whole will 
1st the grace of giving operate in their lives, all the ma- 
terial needs of the school will be met and an expanded 
program will be made possible. God has sent us 251 of 
the finest young people in the land. We dare not let 
them down! 



NOT GUESSING 

Sebastien Chamfort was one of the most talented of 
French writers. In college he advanced so rapidly in his 
studies that he astonished his instructors. In two years 
he captured nine of the ten prizes for which he com- 
peted. Yet he became so disgusted with some of the ma- 
terial he had to master that he paid his respects in the 
following epigram of rare irony: "What I have learned 
I know no longer; the little that I do know. I have 
guessed." Sad indeed is the fact that when a young man 
or woman finishes his education in one of the godless 
schools of the present day, if he is to retain his faith, he 
must spend a lot of time "unlearning" much of what he 
was taught. Having nothing left, he is compelled to say 
with Chamfort: "The little that I do know I have 
guessed." We should be thankful that the Lord has 
given to the Brethren Church a school which sends 
young people out into the world knowing and believing 
something. Are you a part of the Grace family through 
prayers and gifts? — P. R. B. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 



VOLUME 17. NUMBER 4 



Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind.. under the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price, S2.00 a year: 100-percent churches. SI. 50: foreign, S3. 00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president: William Schaffer, secretary: Ord Gehman. treasurer; Bryson Fetters, 
member-at-large to Executive Committee; Walter Lepp. S. W. Link, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, True Hunt. Lyle W. Marvin, Arnold 
R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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A REAL NEED FOR 
TRAINED WORKERS 

By Dr. Russell D. Barnard 
General Secretary of the Foreign Missionary Society 

Since the beginning of our present mechanical age, 
we have been in an era of specialization. Specialization 
has increased as the years have passed. I seem to see a 
different trend in recent years 
t o w a r d specialization for the 
many while in years past this was 
reserved for the few. 

For all believers. Applied to 
spiritual matters, specialization 
has always been for the many — 
in fact, for all believers. On the 
| subject the Bible teaches: -Train 
gfl y M> jBm j up a child in the way he should 

Wf Mk&k [ g°" (Prov. 22:6). Specialization is 

WBmmimBA H to begin early in life, "Study to 

Dr. Barnard shew thyself approved unto God" 

(II Tim. 2:15). Specialization al- 
ways requires faithful application; it is a lifetime job. 
"Search the scriptures" (John 5:39). Specialization re- 
sults only from diligent research. It's not easy to be a 
Biblical specialist. "And go quickly, and tell" (Matt. 28: 
7). The purpose of all this specialization is that we may 
give the Gospel to others. "The same commit thou to 
faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 
(II Tim. 2:2). Trained specialists are to teach others also 
to be specialists in the winning of souls. 

We need leadership! Training is necessary for our 
missionary pastors, teachers, doctors, and nurses. We 
need more trained people right now. As I am writing I 
have before me very urgent appeals from at least four 
of our fields asking for immediate reinforcements. What 
we need in foreign missions only reechoes the need in 
home missions and in the local church. 

We need "followship"! Pastors at home or in the for- 
eign field will be greatly assisted if the membership of 
the church can be a trained membership. The useful- 
ness of the pastor will be greatly multiplied if those in 
the pew are so trained that they may serve well. I am 
sure the Scriptures quoted above apply to those in the 
pew — yes; possibly even more than to those in the 
pulpit. Training — effective training — is therefore needed 
both in the pulpit and the pew. 

Sources. We look to Grace College and Grace The- 
ological Seminary more than to any other institution of 
higher learning for our supply of trained workers. I 
believe we would all have it thus, that our Brethren 
schools should train our Brethren young people for the 
work in our Brethren mission fields. Not only are our 
young people well trained here in leadership, but they 
are prepared to train others in "followship" through 
leadership training classes, local Bible institutes, and 
various Bible classes. Believe me, please, as I again say 
there is a real need jor trained workers! 



Sixty-Six Grace-Trained 
Foreign-Mission Workers 



No; the figures on the front cover of the magazine are 
not incorrect, nor is the number given above. No list of 
workers in Brethren foreign missions would be complete 
without the addition of two more who, along with the 64 
men and women pictured this week, have received 
training at Grace Theological Seminary. So, although 
they are not serving on foreign soil, it is altogether fit- 
ting that we should add here the pictures of Miss Ruth 
Reddick and Miss Marcia Lowe, whom the Lord is using 
in a gracious way as assistants to Dr. Barnard in the 
offices of the Foreign Missionary Society at Winona 
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Miss Ruth Reddick Miss Marcia Loiue 



Can you name those whose pictures appear on the 
front cover? They are (from left to right), first row: 
Albert and Elsie Balzer, Wayne and Dorothy Beaver, 
Rosella Cochran, George Cone, Jr., Mary Cripe, Harold 
and Marguerite Dunning, Edith Geske. Second row: 
Martin and Beverley Garber, Mary Ann Habegger, Rob- 
ert Hill, Gail Jones, Lester and Lois Kennedy, Ruth 
Kent, Jake Kliever, Marie Mishler. Third row: Harold 
and Margaret Mason, Donald and Lois Miller. Marybeth 
Munn, Estella Myers, William Samarin, Clara Schwartz, 
Chauncey Sheldon, Ruth Snyder. Fourth Row: Roy and 
Ruth Snyder, Charles and Pauline Sumey. Fifth roiv: 
Charles and Betty Taber, Marian Thurston, Robert and 
Lenora Williams, Fred Fogle, Bertha Abel, Donald and 
Hazel Bishop, Jack Churchill. Sixth row: Paul Dowdy, 
Solon and Kathryn Hoyt, James and Margaret Marshall. 
Hill Maconaghy, Carson and Rosalind Rottler, Lynn 
Schrock, John Zielasko. Seventh row: Bill and Imogene 
Burk, Edward and Eileen Miller, Sibley Edmiston, Leroy 
and Dorothy Howard, Walter and Alys Haag, Dorothy 
Robinson. 

The faculty of Grace Theological Seminary is deeply 
grateful for the trust committed to them in the task of 
training men and women such as these. Eternity alone 
will reveal the tremendous value of the investments you 
are making in the lives of young men and women who 
will touch thousands for Christ because you first 
equipped them with the tools, and then sent them forth 
to do the work. 



Remember the Grace Seminary Annual Offering January 30 



January 22, 1955 



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Oxford Begins Work on Revised Edition of Scofield Bible 



Grace Theological Seminary's president, Dr. Alva J. 
McClain, has h?d the honor of being selected as a mem- 
ber of a committee of eminent Bible scholars who are 
now at work en a revised edition of the world-famous 
Scofield Reference Bible. Mr. Henry Z Walck, president 
of the New York office of Oxford University Press, pub- 
lishers of this special edition of the King James Version, 
has pointed out that the "revision of the Scofield Ref- 
erence Bible is a long-range proposition, for there is a 
vast amount of editorial work before the committee," 
and he adds: "I should say that it will certainly be five 
or six years before the new edition will be available to 
the public." 

The chairman of the committee on revision is Dr. E. 
Schuyler English. Dr. English edited the "Pilgrim Edi- 
tion" of the Holy Bible which Oxford published in 1948, 
and is also editor of the magazine Our Hope. Dr. Frank 
E. Gaebelein, headmaster of the Stony Brook School, 
Long Island, and author of "The Pattern of God's 
Truth," will serve as vice chairman. He is the son of the 
Rev. Arno C. Gaebelein, one of the consulting editors of 
the original Scofield Bible. 

Other members of the editorial committee are: Presi- 
dent William Culbertson, Moody Bible Institute, Chi- 
cago, 111.; Prof. Charles Feinberg, Talbot Theological 
Seminary; Los Angeles, Calif.; President Allan A. Mac- 
Rae, Faith Theological Seminary, Elkins Park, Pa.; Dean 
Clarence E. Mason, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.; Prof. Wilbur 
M. Smith, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.: 
President John F. Walvoord, Dallas Theological Sem- 
inary, Dallas Tex ; and President Alva J. McClain, Grace 
Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 

The first meeting of the committee was he'd in Chi- 



cago, 111., on October 25, with all members present, to- 
gether with Mr. Walck and Wilbur D. Ruggles, manager 
of the Bible Department of Oxford University Press. 

After the meeting Dr. English said: "We shall retain 
the King James Version, of course, with its familiar 
phraseology, beauty, and cadence. There are in it, how- 
ever, words that are archaic and expressions that are not 
wholly transparent in modern speech. These need clar- 
ification. Furthermore, certain notes in the present edi- 
tion of the Scofield Bible are capable of simplification, 
and there are some statements that require revision. 
New helps for the reader will be added also. However, 
the basic theological position which has made the Sco- 
field Bible loved by millions of readers will be retained." 

The committee will hold meetings periodically during 
the course of its work in the next few years. 

The Scofield Reference Bible was first published by 
Oxford University Press in January 1909. Its editor was 
the Rev. C. I. Scofield, who had conceived the idea some 
years before and who began to devote the greater part 
of his time to it in 1902. He was assisted by a group of 
consulting editors. 

Dr. Scofield worked on his project for several years 
before a publisher was selected. After consulting various 
authorities, he was told that the only publishing house 
which could handle such a project was the Oxford Uni- 
versity Press, and arrangements were then made with 
the American office of Oxford. The Scofield Reference 
Bible was an immediate success, and a new edition, com- 
pletely reset and improved, was issued in 1917. Dr. Sco- 
field died in 1921, but his edition of the King James 
Version has continued to be a best seller year in and 
year out for nearly half a century. 




Shown above is the committee for revision with representatives oj the Oxford University Press. They are: 
(first row sitting from left to right): Dr. Frank Gaebelein; Wilbur D. Ruggles, manager of the Bible Department 
of Oxford; Dr. E. Schuyler English; Henry Z. Walck, president of the New York office of Oxford; Dr. Wilbur M. 
Smith; (second row, standing from left to right): Dr. Alva J. McClain, Dr. Allan A. MacRae, Dean Clarence E. 
Mason, jr., Dr. John F. Walvoord. Dr. William Culbertson, Dr. Charles Feinberg. 



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By Norman Rohrer 



FROM SHEPHERDS TO SAINTS 

On Friday evening, one week before Christmas vaca- 
tion. Earl Witmer, collegiate junior, taught his child 
evangelism teacher training class in the "Little Church" 
at Winona Lake: then pondered a project en route home. 

"How," he asked himself, "can we get into local 
schools with the Christmas story where simple flannel- 
graph lessons have lost their appeal?" Drama seemed 
like a good answer. Why not dramatize the event, say 
for instance, from the viewpoint of the shepherds? 

Two days later actors were selected (Ron Meznar, 
Earl himself, and the writer); "angels" (Ruth Bennett, 
Anne Kliever, and Mary Bauman) tape-recorded trios; 
the Grace Trumpeters opened the transcribed produc- 
tion; and LeRoy Hawkins sang his inimitable solos. 
John Gallagher sandwiched his narration at appropriate 
spots, and the tape offstage from the three shepherds 
was ready to go! First assignment: Pierceton High. 



AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHERS 

Appreciative pupils seized an opportunity at the all- 
school Christmas party to outfit the faculty with proper 
equipment for manifold duties. 

With gifts presented by Activities Director Don Hock- 
ing, Archaeologist John Rea went home with a thumb- 
sized rake and garden sprinkler. Astronomer Whitcomb 
was elated at the gift of a wallet-size pair of binoculars, 
and predicted many more important finds in the uni- 
verse because of them. Dr. Boyer received a fishing 
game to help catch swimmers with coins-in-mouth so 
that the school would never suffer debt, and Professor 
Kent, Jr.. expressed appreciation for a doll nursing out- 
fit with the attached note, "No explanation needed." 



EXERCISE PROFITETH FOR A SIX TO SIX 

Twelve of the season's 24 basketball games are his- 
tory, with a six-win-six-loss record at vacation time. 
The ping-pong tournament moves into its quarter- 
finals. Winona Lake is freezing over for the skating, and 
broad-shouldered grapplers Doug Cassel, Russ Schel- 
ling, Ron Eckstein, and Roy Dice are building hard 
muscles on a soft $180 wrestling mat donated by Doug 
Cassel's parents and grandparents, Hershey, Pa. The 
cost was shared equally by Mr. and Mrs. R. Earl Cassel, 
C. E. Cassel, and G. C. Saufley. We are grateful. 



INFORMATION, PLEASE 

Nobody would argue that Miss Dorothy Magnuson in 
the main office may not be the most efficient secretary 
in the world, but few have ever recognized her powers 
of extrasensory perception. 

One day in early December she lifted her jangling 
phone and heard: "Will you please tell those two girls 
I need them for work this afternoon?" 



"I'll tell them," said the secretary. And as the phoner 
"hung up," Miss Magnuson went out to find Velma 
Black well and Dorothy Haight. How did she know? 
You'd know if you knew Miss Magnuson! 



IT'S MALE FOR MATH 

Thousands in Winona Lake, Warsaw, and surrounding 
Indiana towns heard Bill Mollenhour's WRSW contest 
question, "What is twice as cold as zero?" but only 
Seminary Senior Bill Male came up with the right 
answer. 

Bill's elaborate calculation produced the answer of 
229.9 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, judged closest by 
engineers of the Cecil W. Armstrong Company. 

Wrote Bill in parentheses ("It's cold down here!"). 
Then, after taking his picture. Announcer Mollenhour 
awarded him the Gast Fuel and Service Company's 
grand prize of 100 gallons of fuel oil, worth about S17. 



SCIENCE CLUB VISITS GRACE COLLEGE 




Almost every year at least one member of the student 
body in Grace's graduate division is engaged in teaching 
part time at the Warsaw High School. This year Archie 
Keffer, of Uniontown, Pa., a senior in the seminary, is 
teaching science at the local school. On December 21, 
Mr. Keffer and Mr. Lowell Knoop, teacher of chemistry 
and mechanical arts, brought the high school science 
club to the Grace Seminary campus. The group met in 
the social lounge, and Dr. Paul Bauman presented an 
illustrated lecture on "Egypt: Its Glories, Humiliation, 
and Restoration in the Light of Prophecy." After the 
lecture, members of the club were given an opportunity 
to ask questions, and refreshments were served. 

This is the first of such groups to visit the campus of 
Grace College. The young people attending expressed 
some surprise and considerable interest in learning of a 
liberal arts college right in their own community. 



January 22, 1955 



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Greetings From Macapa 




The Millers: Brother Miller holds Jeanette, Mrs. Miller 
is holding Edward, Jr.. with Carol standing in front. 

By Edward D. Miller ('49) 

It is a real joy to be able to tell those in the homeland 
a little about our work here in Macapa. Our main pur- 
pose and aim is to get the Gospel out to those who have 
never heard or, having heard, know little about the 
way of salvation. However, there are various ways and 
means of getting this message of salvation to those who 
have never heard. 

Here in Macapa we have the regular services on Sun- 
day morning and evening. We use the public-address 
system to play gospel records before the services and 
invite the people to ccme in and hear the message. Then 
too we use our Dodge truck to bring in those from the 
outlying districts who might not otherwise come. On 
Wednesday nights we have Bible study and prayer 
meeting. On Thursday nights we load up the truck with 
our public-address outfit and some of the believers and 
go to the "Fazsndinha," a small village about seven 
miles from town. Here we have our own "prayer house" 
that was built just nine months ago. We have about 20 
believers here, end we usually have a full house on 
Thursday night. Some of the believers come in their 
little sailboats from the surrounding islands to attend 
these services. On Sunday afternoons we have a Sunday 
school for these people in the Fazendinha. 

However, we not only use the truck and public ad- 
dress, but when we go to Mazagao we have to use the 
motorboat. Mazagao is a little town in the interior with 
no roads; so the only way to get there is by boat. We 
make this trip at least twice a month, and the believers 
themselves carry on the work the rest of the time. 
Needless to say, the work of caring for these three dif- 
ferent stations is a full-time job, but it is one that is 
worthwhile when we see men and women come to know 
the Saviour as their own Lord, and then see them grow 
in grace and a knowledge of the Word. Certainly all 
the sweat and tears and money that is spent in getting 
the Gospel out and evangelizing this area is worthwhile. 

In February of this year we hope to start a Christian 

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Grace and Mexico 

By Sibley Edmiston ('53) 

Since laboring among the Mexican people for the past 
year and a half, I have learned something more about 
the great value of training before entering a mission 
field There are many times that I have had occasion to 
pause and be thankful to God for the wonderful training 
that Grace Seminary gave to me. 

No matter where one labors, whether at home or 
abroad, men are basically the same. That is, they are a 
personality, and no personality is fully developed until 
it is regenerated and trained spiritually, mentally, so- 
cially, and practically. Even our blessed Lord grew as a 
man in these four graces (Luke 2:52). If we lack in any 
of these, we lack in that measure of being conformed to 
the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, and we are hindered 
from conveying that life to others. I am glad that Grace 
Seminary is putting a strong emphasis on all four of 
these necessary elements. 

There is a great need for this type of training today. 
On every hand the enemy of men's souls is surrounding 
them through others who are trying to destroy or im- 
pair the life that Christ offers them. In Mexico this is as 
true as anywhere else. In this town alone I have en- 
countered groups and individuals who fail at one or 
more of these points. They range all the way from glut- 
tons to hyperspiritualists. For example, there are many 
who are being inclined toward the so-called "Jehovah's 
Witnesses." These are antigovernment and, in fact, anti- 
everything. It seems such a spirit has a strong appeal to 
many here. Then there are the Sabbatists who have 
failed of the grace of God. Some of them were even so 
bold as to enter one humble service and demand that 
they be heard! There are also the Mormons, who con- 
tend that they are the only true way. All three of these 
groups have been to our doors. It has not been necessary 
to go out looking for them. 

Because of lack of space I will only mention other 
systems of error and evil such as Roman Catholicism, 
communism, socialism, modernism, atheism, and spirit- 
ism. Modernism is already making its subtle inroads 
into Mexico, even though the Gospel has been preached 
but a few short years. The past few years the door of 
Mexico has been opened much wider to the Gospel of 
grace. But it has also let in an abundance of false cults 
and ideologies. Every inch of ground that is being 
claimed for Christ seems to be challenged frcm all sides 
by the false. 

Even among those who by God's grace are of Christ's 
own true body in Mexico there is often confusion and 
division both in doctrine and practice. This is largely 
due to insufficient and inadequate teaching. Yet it has 
been my joy to see weaker brethren strengthened in 
their faith when they have been taught properly and 
clearly. The training that I have received at Grace Sem- 
inary has had a large part in making this possible. And 
personally it has helped greatly to keep my own head 
from being overwhelmed by the winds of doctrine that 
sometimes blow in great fury about us. We seem to be 
at the point of being swallowed up in this generation by 
every device that Satan can muster against us. Thanks 
be to God for His superabounding grace, and for Grace 
Seminary which magnifies that grace as it touches every 
part of our personality, and puts it before us on a sound 
and solid basis. 



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Missionaries to Argentina Must Be Trained 



Bv Jack Churchill ('49) 



Concerning service for Christ in a foreign land some- 
one has said: "It isn't so much a question of how soon we 
get there as it is what we can do when we get there." 
Not discounting that which the Lord himself does for 
those who serve Him, we must face the fact that there 
are some things that He expects us to do to make our 
service for Him more effective. 

I am thankful that the Brethren Church takes seri- 
ously the urgency of Christ's command to evangelize the 
nations. I am just as thankful that it believes in sending 
out missionaries who are prepared in the best way pos- 
sible for that task. Out of my brief experience as one 
whom the Brethren Church has sent to Argentina, and 
as a graduate of Grace Seminary, let me say something 
that I trust will be helpful to those who support this 
school and to those whom the Lord may send to Argen- 
tina. 

A missionary to Argentina must know God's Word. 
I am not referring to a "blanket belief" in it "from cover 
to cover." In addition to accepting it as God's complete 
written revelation, he must "be able to move freely in 
thought among the grand doctrines of the Bible and 
present them in an impelling and convincing way to his 
hearers." For the great majority in Argentina the Bible 
has no relation to their daily lives even though the 
Catholic Church claims to be its sole custodian. A young 
priest who was my traveling companion for over an hour 
on an Argentine train one day "confessed" to me: "One 
thing you evangelicos have to your advantage is your 
knowledge of the Scriptures"! 

Thank God for a school like Grace where men and 
women are given a training in God's Word that allows 
them to hold forth the Word with a thus-saith-the-Lord 
certainty. 

A missionary in Argentina likewise needs to be pre- 
pared to face the followers of Mormonism, Russellism. 
Spiritism, Theosophy, Christian Science, etc. They are 
all there, and, unfortunately, they are looked upon by 
the average person as a part of the evangelical circle 
because they are not Roman Catholic. To show that 
their message is a perversion of the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ and therefore not the Gospel at all, and at the 
same time not have men whom you want to see accept 
Christ throw up their hands in dismay or disgust at the 
seeming confusion is not easy. The missionary who has 
a knowledge of what these groups teach, a knowledge of 
how to rightly divide the Word, and a graciousness and 
tact in doing it will be a more effective instrument for 
the Spirit to use than one who has not taken the trouble 
to prepare himself. 

Again we can be thankful for a school like Grace 
Seminary which helps prepare us for this particular 
aspect of our service which is not pleasant but often 
unavoidable. 

A missionary in Argentina also needs to be prepared 
to make himself "servant unto all . . . that by all means 
he might save some" (I Cor. 9:19, 22). We North Amer- 
icans are often unconsciously guilty of a super-race 
complex. It comes naturally from the position that our 
nation holds in the world. But. as Dr. Barnhouse has 
said, Americans are too much hated throughout the 
world to allow the offense of being an American to be 



added to the offense of the cross. The flesh rebels against 
this, but we go to Argentina to talk of Him who is the 
Way, the Truth, and the Life and not of the American 
way of life, thankful though we should be for the latter. 
The Argentine is proud of his language, his history, his 
literature, his country. We can make our knowledge of 
these things serve to bring us closer to those whom we 
want to bring to the Saviour. It may be a chore to 
acquire some of this knowledge, but if we really want 
to win Argentines for Christ, we will not want to pass 
up any proper means of improving our effectiveness as 
a servant of Christ among them. 

It may not be any intentional plan of the faculty, but 
as I look back to my three years at Grace I recall one 
passage that was continually brought into the lectures. 
It was Philippians 2:5-16. I am certain that it is the pur- 
pose of the Holy Spirit that this glorious example of 
our Lord's servanthood among us be used to challenge 
those who attend Grace Seminary. How much more 
effective my service in Argentina would be if I would 
only "let this mind be in me" to a greater extent. 

If the Lord should lead you to serve Him in Argen- 
tina, it is quite likely that your path will lead through 
Grace. Be thankful for it and make your days there 
count for the time ahead when you will set foot under 
the blue-and-white flag of Argentina to win men for 
Christ. Remember that you want to serve Him in the 
most effective way possible once you are there. 



CLASSROOM ECHOES ON THE MISSION FIELD 
By A. L. Howard ('51) 

In the work of the foreign field one learns to appre- 
ciate the real value of a thorough preparation for the 
service of Christ. The problems faced are basically the 
same everywhere: yet the methods and approaches may 
differ greatly due to cultural or economic backgrounds. 

The Mexican, in general, is a deeply religious and 
emotional person. Traces of his early pagan practices 
are often found mixed with the form of Christianity- 
forced upon him by his Spanish conquerors. For cen- 
turies he has followed the teaching and practices of the 
Roman Church with limited opportunities to hear of 
salvation by grace through personal faith in Christ. His 
devotion to saints and images is a marked characteristic. 
Thus his religion becomes one of the chief barriers to a 
true Christian experience. 

In meeting such problems we are grateful that God's 
plr.n for us included the training offered at Grace The- 
ological Seminary. An understanding of the Word and 
its teaching on sin and salvation is a basic requirement. 
A knowledge of the early church, its practices, and sub- 
sequent history is of utmost value in the challenge of 
Mexico. To know the background of the Bible is often 
important in effective witnessing when the validity ot 
the so-called "Protestant Bible" is challenged. Above 
all else, the most gratifying experiences have been ours 
in witnessing the power of God in the lives of people 
who have found hope and peace in Christ. In this, truths 
spoken even softly in the seminary classroom still echo 
in Mexico. 



January 22, 7955 



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Set For" and "Holding Forth" Reports We Like to Print 




Rev. and Mrs. John Zeilasko with Ann and John. 



By John W. Zielasko 



1:17). 



'"I am set for the defence of the gospel" (Phil 
"Holding forth the word of life" (Phil. 2:16). 

In days such as these when communism, Romanism, 
liberalism, and neo-orthodoxy are advancing to capture 
the souls of men, it is imperative that the thoughts sug- 
gested by these two portions of Scripture should be an 
intrinsic part of the evangelical missionary program. 

The Apostle Paul was set for the defense of the Gos- 
pel. He was not willing to yield an inch if it would mean 
the sacrifice of any part of the Gospel (Gal. 2:5). Peter 
(unwittingly, no doubt) was ready to compromise, but 
Paul was set. Peter had associated himself for a time 
with the Judaizers. and this association had colored his 
thinking. This should teach us that it is not possible to 
sit at the feet of those who add to or subtract from the 
Word of God and not be influenced to some degree by 
their subtle teachings. I praise the Lord for the priv- 
ilege that was mine of attending a seminary whose pro- 
fessors are set for the defense of the Gospel and who 
instill within their students the desire to "go thou and 
do likewise." 

However, it is not enough to defend the Gospel. The 
Christian is not merely to "hold the line" against error, 
but he is to advance with the Good News, calling others 
to follow our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Paul tells 
us we are to hold forth the Word of Life. No one can 
hold forth the Word who does not know the Word. Grace 
Seminary makes certain that her students know the 
Word of God. I praise God for the unequaled excellency 
of the Bible courses taught at Grace. 

I feel confident that it can be said of Grace Seminary 
graduates that they are set for the defense of the Gospel 
and that they are holding forth the Word of Life. Such 
a seminary deserves your wholehearted support. 



By Dr. Paul R Bauman 

It has been six months since our financial secretary, 
Dr. James L. Boyer, has smiled radiantly as he handed a 
copy of the monthly financial report to the editor of the 
Educational Number of the Herald. Earlier in the month 
it appeared that it would be necessary for the school to 
borrow if the salaries for December were to be paid 
(checks are ordinarily dated on the 25th). Thus, the 
prospect at Christmastime was a dim one, so far as the 
Christmas salaries were concerned. But, as the books 
for the month of December weer closed, there was real 
cause for rejoicing because the offerings given to the 
school's general fund reached a total of $6,027.97. In 
addition to this there were $274 in designated gifts. 

Now. it is necessary for the school to receive a min- 
imum monthly income of $6,000 along with funds coming 
in from other sources if the bare expenses of the budget 
are met. You will therefore understand the reason for 
the financial secretary's smile if you will check the 
records carefully enough to see that, until last month, 
only on three occasions since April 1953 has the offering 
income exceeded the $6,000 mark. These three months 
were February. March, and June of 1954. 

The December offering does not put the school "out 
of the red," but it does keep us from going in deeper. 
The main purpose of the annual offering is to put us 
back "in the black" once more as we begin the new year. 
Let us make it the greatest offering ever given. Such an 
offering should be given, first of all, because it is pleas- 
ing to the Lord. Then, also, take a look at the face of 
our financial secretary! 



REPORT OF GIFTS TO GRACE SEMINARY 



DECEMBER 1954 



Altoona. Pa. (Grace).. 
Ankenytown. Ohio . . . 


Si; 00 
58.00 
66.33 
5.00 
20.00 
36.00 
42.00 
10.00 


Modesto, Calif 

North English, Iowa . . . 


$16.00 
13.35 
10.00 


Buena Vista. Va 

Canton, Ohio 

Cedar Rapids. Iowa . . . 

Clay City, Ind 

Conemaugh, Pa 

Covington, Ohio 

Cuyahoga Falls. Ohio. 


Philadelphia. Pa. (1). 

Portland. Oreg 

Rittman. Ohio 

Roanoke. Va. (W. Hts.) 


262.50 
13.00 
20.00 
28.11 
21.00 


4.00 

10.00 

10.00 

35.00 

151.00 

10.00 

15.00 

43.00 

176.50 

152.45 

51.85 

86.00 


South Bend. Ind 

Summit Mills. Pa 

Tracy. Calif 


5.00 

25.00 

155.45 






12.50 


Dayton. Ohio (P. Pk.) 

Denver. Colo 

Everett, Pa 


Uniontown, Pa 

Waynesboro, Pa 

Whittier, Calif. (11 .... 

Winona Lake, Ind 

Winona Lake. Ind. 


82.48 
158.00 
134.00 


Flora. Ind 

Fort Wayne. Ind 

Fremont, Ohio 

Hagerstown, Md 

Harrah, Wash 

Harrisburg. Pa 

Hollidaysburg. Pa. . . . 
Homerville. Ohio 


27.00 

43.00 

935.20 

500.00 


17.00 
26.25 
10.00 

16.00 
20.00 


Yellow Creek, Pa. 
Grace Seminary student 

body 

Isolated Brethren 


20.00 

574.21 
354.00 
149.79 


Johnstown, Pa. (First) 

Kittanning, Pa 

Lake Odessa, Mich. . . . 

La Verne, Calif 

Leesburg. Ind 

Limestone. Tenn 

Long Beach, Calif. (1) 
Long Beach, Calif. (N.) 
Los Angeles. Calif. (1) 

Martinsburg. Pa 

Meyersdale, Pa 


34.00 
187.01 

27.00 
191.25 

86.75 

5.00 

5X8 83 

5() mi 

41.00 
100.00 

80.16 






Total General Fund.. 

Designated Gifts — 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) . 
Winona Lake, Ind 


6,027.97 

35.00 

4.00 

15.00 

220.00 






Total designated gifts 


274.00 



REMEMBER THE GRACE SEMINARY AND COLLEGE 
ANNUAL OFFERING— JANUARY 30 



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ZEAL 



A Brazilian of Three Months 



THAT 
AROUSES 



The Apostle Paul once wrote to the Christians at 
Corinth commending them for their liberality. As nearly 
as his words can be translated from the Greek, he said 
to them: "Through your zeal many were aroused" (II 
Cor. 9:2). Through the years we have seen many exam- 
ples of sacrificial giving at Grace Seminary and College, 
but nothing, in the estimation of the facility, has sur- 
passed the zeal recently displayed by the stiidents, just 
as the first semester was drawing to a close, and they 
were soon to enjoy vacation and Christmas. 

Let the story now continue as it was told to us by 
Student Reporter Norman Rohrer, ivhose page of stu- 
dent news is now being read with interest by so many. 

When the school coffers were low last month, stu- 
dents' spirits were high, and they determined to reach 
into their pockets and pull the bursar's office out of the 
red. 

Organized by Student Body President Nathan Meyer, 
and his eight-usher team, regular offerings began piling 
up cash. The scheme was for each student to give a 
dollar a week for a month, resulting in one thousand 
dollars. 

As 251 budgets were juggled, the first offering (taken 
on payday Friday) totaled $253, followed by a "gleaners" 
offering on Monday. In the end of the fourth week, offer- 
ings nudged the goal with $16 short, which embarrass- 
ment was dissolved with a final pushover the day vaca- 
tion began. Total: $1,066.50. 

The faculty was pleased. 







Nathan Meyer presents offering to Dr. Kent. 
January 22, 7955 









M - 

■ 



' 







Mrs. Burk holds Arthur and Brother Burk holds Linda. 

By Bill Burk ('54) 

After planning for more than seven years, arrival on 
the field came quite on schedule, or more specifically, 
on August 17. We've been very happy to observe these 
past three months that our "schooldays" have prepared 
us in many varied ways for that most enjoyable occupa- 
tion to which our Lord has called us. (Since Imogene 
also has studied at Grace, the use of the plural pronouns 
here is quite literal!) 

One of the many things to which I refer is the way 
we've been prepared to meet the Amazon Valley from 
a purely physical standpoint. I refer, of course, to the 
section on Missions in the library at Grace, a rich source 
not only of descriptive facts, but of most pleasant and 
inspirational reading. 

Quite naturally for new missionaries, our occupation 
is still language study, which language in our case is 
Portuguese. Both of us are convinced that our past study 
in school of other languages has made this present lan- 
guage study both enjoyable and of steady progress. 
Stated in other words, we're now observing a very val- 
uable "byproduct" of our many hours of hard work with 
the far more difficult languages of the Bible. I'm satis- 
fied that Hebrew and Greek are wisely required at 
Grace! 



GREETINGS FROM MACAPA 

(Continued From Page 54) 

day school here in Macapa for the children of our own 
believers and others who have an interest in such a 
school. This is just one more step forward that the 
Brethren Church is taking in evangelizing this needy 
part of the Amazon Valley. 

Before closing this article about our new work here in 
Macapa I would like to give just a brief testimony about 
the training that I received at Grace. Certainly those 
three years spent in training and studying the Word of 
God are years that have meant much already, and they 
will mean much more in the years that lis ahead. A 
basic knowledge of the Word of God is an essential for 
anyone who is going to the mission field. Such a school 
as Grace is the place to get a thorough education. 

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MISSIONARY 



HERALD 



The BRETHREN 

"v 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mas. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



CAMDEN, OHIO. Dr. Randall 
Rossman, pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church is very ill. Prayer is 
requested in his behalf. 

KITTANNING. PA. The First 
Brethren Church. Wm. Schaffer, 
pastor, won the three-month Sun- 
day-school contest with the Free 
Methodist Church of this city. The 
contest was won by 14 points. 

ROANOKE, VA. The senior SMM 
of the Ghent Brethren Church pre- 
sented the third annual public con- 
cert on Dec. 31. Mrs. Robert E. A. 
Miller is patroness. The offering that 
was received is to be applied to the 
national SMM project. 

CHANGES OF ADDRESS: The 
new addresses of the following min- 
isters are: Richard Grant, 124 34th 
St. NE., Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Adam 
Rager, 12403 East Britain St., Arte- 
sia, Calif.: Kenneth Wilt. R. R. 1, 
Conemaugh, Pa.; Mark Malles, 3310 
S. Webster Ct„ Fort Wayne 6. Ind. 
Please change Annual. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The order 
blanks for the next quarter's Sun- 
day-school material have been 
mailed to the churches. Please re- 
turn these at once for prompt, early 
delivery. You will enjoy the writing 
of Miles Taber in the teacher's quar- 
terly, and the regular writers in the 
other quarterlies. This last quarter 
two more of our Brethren churches 
switched to Brethren literature. 

FREMONT, OHIO. All previous 
attendance records at the Grace 
Brethren Church were broken on 
Dec. 19. Gordon Bracker is pastor. 
Brother Bracker delivered the an- 
nual Christmas message at the an- 
nual banquet of Heinz Company. 

AKRON, OHIO. M. L. Myers had 
his car stolen from in front of his 
home on Dec. 27. 

OSCEOLA, IND. The Men's Fel- 
lowship of the Bethel Brethren 
Church honored their wives at a 
Christmas supper at a local cafeteria 
Dec. 18. There were 45 in attend- 



ance. Dr. Herman A. Hoyt was the 
guest speaker. 

DENVER,- COLO. Christ for 
America, national spiritual awaken- 
ing movement, will sponsor a sem- 
inar on evangelism here Mar. 27-31 
at the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Horace 
Dean is president. Speakers at the 
seminar will include Dr. Robert 
Parr, of Detroit, Mich.; Dr. Walter 
Wilson, of Kansas City; and Mr. 
Harry R. Smtih, of San Francisco, 
vice president of the Bank of Amer- 
ica. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. This is the 
last opportunity to have your Mis- 
sionary Heralds bound for $5.50. 
After Feb. 1 the cost will be $7. The 
magazines must be in the Missionary 
Herald office by Feb. 1. All maga- 
zines will be delivered to the bind- 
ery on Feb. 1. 

CHICAGO, ILL. The annual meet- 
ing of the Evangelical Press Asso- 
ciation will convene in Chicago Jan. 
25-23 at the Midland Hctel. 



HEWS, 



j»JS5£ 



2£$Ts 



8RIEFS 



DAVENPORT, IOWA. Rev. Trus 
Hunt, who only recently moved to 
this city to become pastor of the 
new Brethren hcme-mission church, 
was interviewed over the local TV 
station on Jan. 7 regarding this new- 
work. Services are being held at the 
home of the pastor. 3243 Homestead 
Ave., and the phone number is 34- 
526. (Please change Annual.) If ycu 
have any relatives or friends living 
in Davenport, Rock Island. Ill , or 
Moline, 111., please send their ad- 
dresses to Brother Hunt. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. It was "stay- 
at-home week" for Rev. and Mrs. 
Kenneth Ashman the week of Dec. 
26 to Jan. 2. An invitation was ex- 
tended to the congregation to visit 
the parsonage, day or night. Brother 
Ashman suggested, "We've been 
coming to your homes all through 
the year — now you come to see us! ' 



This issue of the Missionary 
Herald has been mailed to 8,362 
subscribers, and is read by over 
twice this many people. 



Charles Edward Beard, 85, went 
to be with the Lord on Dec. 4. He 
was brought to a saving knowledge 
of Christ under the ministry of Dr. 
Paul Bauman, when he was pastor 
of the Second Brethren Church of 
Los Angeles. Brother Beard was 
faithful to the Lord until the very 
day that he was ushered into the 
presence of His Lord. — Rev. Henry 
Rempel, Norwalk (Calif.) Brethren 
Church. 

LeRoy H. Bates, father of Rev. 
Robert Bates, was suddenly taken to 
be with his Lord, the result of a 
heart attack. — Rev. Henry Rempel, 
Norwalk (Calif.) Brethren Church. 

Mrs. Mary Quinn was called from 
her earthly sojourn on Dec. 1. She 
had been a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Johnstown, Pa., 
for many years. Dr. W. A. Ogden, 
pastor. 

Mrs. Audrey Troutner departed 
from this life to be with Christ on 
Dec. 14. She had been a member of 
the First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach, Calif., since Mar. 18. 1934 — 
Dr. C. W. Mayes, pastor. 

Linda Kay Mason, 13, answered 
the call to "come up hither" and 
leave her frail body for a new and 
glorious one which the Lord will 
give her in that day when all suffer- 
ing and pain shall be no more. Linda 
attended faithfully the services of 
the First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach in a wheelchair where her 
parents had just united with the 
church on Nov. 14. Linda was called 
into the presence of her Lord on 
Dec. 23.— Dr. C. W. Mayes, pastor. 



(Editor: This ought to be done in 
every church about twice a year.) 

CHICAGO (E/P). The 49th an- 
nual Founder's Week Conference of 
Moody Bible Institute will be held 
in the brandnew Torrey-Gray au- 
ditorium building. The new audito- 
rium, now under construction, will 
be dedicated during the week-long 
conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 6, marking 
the 118th anniversary of the birth of 
the institute's founder, Dwight L. 
Moody. It also will honor the 100th 
anniversary of his conversion. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA. The Atlantic 
District overnight youth rally will 
be held at the Commonwealth Ave- 
nue Brethren Church Feb. 4-5. Rev. 
Robei't Markley is pastor. 



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MUZZLE 



NOT 



THE 



OX 



By C. S. ZIMMERMAN 
National Statistician 



The above words were applied by 
the Apostle Paul to the faithful min- 
isters of the Word in I Corinthians 
9:9 and I Timothy 5:18, but lest some 
take offense, we will use the other 
words of the apostle, "The labourer 
is worthy of his reward." 

In looking at the national statisti- 
cal report for the year 1953, we dis- 
cover the per-capita giving to be 
$100.92. This is the largest in our 
history, but this does not tell the 
complete story. It raises several 
questions of vital interest, one of 
which is: Who are the largest con- 
tributors to the Brethren Church? 
The following figures will help us to 
answer this question. 

To the knowledge of the national 
statistician, which may be faulty be- 
cause of lack of information, but ac- 
curate in accordance with known 
information, there are 116 preachers 
in Brethren churches who are em- 
ployed full time in their pastorates. 
These 116 laborers received as sal- 
ary and other allowances a total of 
$414,981.37 for the year 1953. This 
includes house and car allowances 
reported. By dividing this figure by 
116, the average salary for Brethren 
preachers is S3, 57 7. 42. 

But this is not the whole story. 
Salaries for the 116 preachers range 
from $1,300, in the lowest case, to 



$5,790 for the highest paid. But let 
us look further: 



1 preacher r 
5 preachers 

12 preachers 
7 preachers 
27 preachers 
30 preachers 
17 preachers 
11 preachers 
4 preachers 

2 preachers 



eceived $1,300 

received from 

received from 

received from 

received from 

received from 

received from 

received from 

received from 

received from 



per year. 

$1,500 to 

$2,000 to 

$2,500 to 

$3,000 to 

$3,600 to 

$4,100 to 

$4,600 to 

$5,100 to 

$5,600 to 



$1,900. 
$2,500. 
$2,900. 
$3,500. 
$4,000. 
$4,500. 
$5,000. 
$5,500. 
S5.MK) 



This summarized would be like this: 

27 preachers received the average salary for 

Brethren preachers. 

30 preachers received just a trifle above the 
average. 

34 preachers received better than the aver- 
age. 

25 preachers received far below the average. 

From a previous report it will be 
noted that the average income for 
the gainfully employed in the U. S. 
is S4,589 and the average income for 
the family is 55,970. 

Now if we applied the average 
salary for those gainfully employed, 
which is $4,589, against the average 
salary for the Brethren preachers, 
which is $3,577.42, the per-capita 
contribution of each of these men is 
$1,012 plus $100.92 of which he had 
an additional share in giving along 
with the rest of his brethren. If you 
take it on the basis of the average 
income for the family, which is 
$5,970, then his per-capita giving is 
$2,393 plus $100.92. Now this is just 
for the year 1953, and his giving goes 




on like this year after year. Who 
gives the most to the work of Breth- 
ren churches? 

But this is not all the contribution 
he makes. Most Brethren preachers 
do not get an allowance for the op- 
eration of their car. This item alone 
will run from $400 to $900 per year. 
There are other contributions made 
of a smaller nature which he makes 
cheerfully for his Lord. Remember, 
he pays income tax just as anyone 
else does. 

The answer to this problem of 
pastoral remuneration lies in just 
one word: namely, tithing. In a pre- 
vious article we referred to the stag- 
gering amount withheld from the 
churches in the tithe, and pointed 
out how much more there could 
have been for local use if all of the 
tithes were brought to the church 
treasury. This would enable all 
churches of the brotherhood to in- 
crease the salary of every pastor to 
one that would compare to the aver- 
age income of the families of the 
churches. 



January 22, 1955 



59 



It Was Promised 

That every Christian was to re- 
ceive the Spirit there can be no 
question. The promise of the in- 
dwelling of the Spirit was stated 
clearly by Christ to His apostles: "I 
will pray the Father, and he shall 
give you another Comforter, that he 
may abide with you for ever; even 
the Spirit of truth ... he dwelleth 
in you, and shall be in you" (John 
14:16-17). He referred to it again in 
Acts 1:4-5, saying that it was "the 
promise of the Father, which ... ye 
have heard of me," and that it was 
to come "not many days hence." 

After the great outpouring of the 
Spirit at Pentecost, Peter explained 
some things in his sermon. He said 
what they had seen that day was the 
fulfillment (at least partial) of a 
promise given through Joel that God 
would pour out His Spirit upon men 
(Acts 2:17). He concluded his mes- 
sage by saying that upon the condi- 
tion of repentance and confession of 
Christ the gift of the Spirit was 
available to his hearers. Then he ex- 
tended that circle to include all be- 
lievers: "For the promise is unto 
you, and to your children, and to all 
that are afar off, even as many as 
the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 
2:39). Every believer, then, was to 
receive the Spirit. 

It Is a Necessity 

Furthermore, it is clear from sev- 
eral passages that every believer 
must and does receive the Spirit. No 
person can be saved and not have 
the Spirit. "Now if any man have not 
the Spirit of Christ, he is none of 
his" (Rom. 8:9). (Sometimes the 
Holy Spirit is called "Spirit of 
Christ," as also in Acts 16:6-7, 
ASV). Jude's description of unbe- 
lievers of the last days includes as a 
distinguishing mark, "having not the 
Spirit" (Jude 19). "And because ye 
are sons, God hath sent forth the 
Spirit of his Son into your hearts, 
crying, Abba, Father" (Gal. 4:6). 
"Who hath also sealed us, and given 
the earnest of the Spirit in our 
hearts" (II Cor. 1:22). (See also II 
Cor. 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14). 

The answer to the question, Are 
all Christians indwelt by the Holy 
Spirit? hinges on the time element. 
When does a Christian receive the 
Spirit? If there is a lapse of time be- 
tween conversion and the reception 
of the Spirit, then not all Christians 
are indwelt by the Spirit. If there is 
no lapse of time, then of necessity, 



ARE ALL CHRISTIANS 

INDWELT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT? 

By LOWELL HOYT 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Elkhart, Ind. 



all Christians are indwelt by the 
Spirit. 

The Problem 

— concerning the time when a Chris- 
tian receives the Spirit seems to 
arise from the Acts record. In the 
Acts period there were cases where 
there was a lapse of time between 
conversion and the reception of the 
Spirit. This was true of the original 
disciples at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). 
It ws true in the case of the converts 
of Philip in Samaria (Acts 8:12-17). 
It may have been true of certain 
disciples at Ephesus (Acts 9:1-6). 
There were also cases where the re- 
ception of the Spirit was immediate 
upon belief in Christ. This was true 
with Cornelius and his household 
(Acts 10:43-44). It was probably the 
case with the believers at Antioch in 
Pisidia (Acts 13:48, 52). It may have 
been true also in the case of the 
3,000 converts at Pentecost (Acts 2: 
38, 41; cf. 4:31). Now the question 
arises, Were the later experiences of 
believers to follow one or both of 
these patterns? 

No Support 

Outside the Book of Acts there is 
no Scripture that supports the idea 
of a reception of the Spirit subse- 
quent to salvation. The King James 
translation of Ephesians 1:13b: "in 
whom also after that ye believed, ye 




were sealed with that holy Spirit of 
promise," is corrected in the ASV to 
read: "in whom, having also be- 
lieved, ye were sealed with the Holy 
Spirit of promise." There is no time 
period indicated at all, but rather a 
condition for the reception of the 
Spirit; namely, belief. And even in 
the Acts there is no statement which 
can be construed to mean that re- 
ception of the Spirit after salvation 
was to be the normal or the predom- 
inating pattern. Paul's question to 
the disciples of John he found at 
Ephesus (Acts 19:2) does not indicate 
a time element. In the King James 
Version his question reads: "Have 
ye received the Holy Ghost since 
ye believed?" but, more correctly, 
in the ASV it reads: "Did ye receive 
the Holy Ghost when ye believed?" 

The Deciding Passage 

The conclusive passage appears in 
I Corinthians 6:19: "What? know ye 
not that your body is the temple of 
the Holy Ghost which is in you, 
which ye have of God, and ye are 
not your own?" Evidently, Paul's 
statement is true of every person to 
whom he is writing. In chapter 1, 
verse 2, he addresses his epistle to 
"the church of God which is at Cor- 
inth, to them that are sanctified in 
Christ Jesus, called to be saints, 
with all that in every place call upon 
the name of Jesus Christ our Lord." 
This last clause must, of course, be 
taken in the Biblical sense. This 
sense is given in Romans 10:13: "For 
whosoever shall call upon the name 
of the Lord shall be saved." No 
manner of dividing those addressed 
into different groups of varying 
Christian experience can evade the 
point at issue, for Paul says every 
one of them is indwelt by the Spirit. 
So then he is referring to all Chris- 
tians without distinction. The new- 
born babe in Christ and the mature 
Christian are included. Therefore, 
since the day Paul wrote the first 
epistle to the Corinthians, every 
Christian may be assured of the 
blessed truth that the Holy Spirit is 
dwelling within him, to abide there 
forever. 



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I HE importance of Haggai is out 
of all proportion to the length of his 
book. His two short chapters contain 
a summary of only four addresses 
and a few short verses of narrative 
matter (1:12-15), but the ideas he ex- 
pressed and the impulses he stirred 
produced a situation which pro- 
foundly affected the whole subse- 
quent history of Judaism. This book 
explains the interest of the Prophet 
Haggai in the rebuilding of the Tem- 
ple, and while Haggai touches upon 
many topics, he has been rightly de- 
scribed as "a man of one idea"; 
namely, the speedy restoration of 
the Temple of Jehovah. 

CHAPTER 1. 

The Jews who were exiles re- 
turned to Jerusalem in 537 B. C. to 
a dilapidated city and a ruined Tem- 
ple. Anxious to reestablish their 
worship, they erected an altar (Ezra 
3:2) and possibly made a beginning 
with the building of the Temple, but 
under the stress of many discour- 
agements, little or nothing had been 
done during the next 16 years. 

Verses 1 to 11. 

The people had been disheartened 
by bad harvests; they had sown 
much and brought in little (vs. 6) — 
a drought had been upon the land, 
withering everything (vs. 11) — and 
worse still, there had been a drought 
upon their hearts. The promises of 
Isaiah 40-55 had not been fulfilled, 
and they were disillusioned men. 
Prices were high and wages were 
low (vs. 6). Sincerely enough they 
may have argued that the time had 
not yet come to build the Temple 
(vs. 2). 

Haggai meets this mood, as proph- 
ets always did, by putting a moral 
interpretation on the people's dis- 
asters. Jehovah invited them to con- 
sider their ways (vs. 5). He re- 
minded them that though they had 
neglected His house, they did not 
neglect their own (vs. 4). The reason 



THE 
BOOK 
OF 
HAGGAI 



for their receiving little (vs. 9) was 
their own fault; it was because of 
their apathy and negligence that the 
heavens had withheld their dew and 
the earth her fruit (vs. 10). 

The message of Haggai was that 
they should change their policy and 
make a start on the building. Let 
them go up to the hill country and 
bring wood and build the house (vs. 
8). If this interest was shown by the 
people. Haggai declared, Jehovah 
would take pleasure in it, and would 
be glorified (vs. 8). 

The prophet's appeal was met with 
great earnestness by the people. In 
less than a month after it was de- 
livered (vs. 15) a genuine response 
was made and the work was started 
(vs. 14). We find in verses 12 and 
14 that everybody participated in 
the work, the civil and religious 
leaders and all the remnant of the 
people, i. e., all the people who re- 
turned from exile. These people rec- 
ognized Haggai as divinely commis- 
sioned to declare this message (vs. 
13), and their new enthusiasm was 
the work of God himself. 

CHAPTER II. 

Verses 1-9. 

After the people had been work- 
ing on the Temple for about three 
and one-half weeks, Haggai found it 
necessary to address them again. 
They were discouraged by the clear- 
ing away of the rubbish and of the 
many difficulties. Soon they were 
to be found very downhearted. To 
meet this mood Haggai comes for- 
ward with a menage of encourage- 
ment (vs. 1). In 536, when the peo- 
ple erected the altar, there would 
have been some who were present 
and had seen the glorious Temple 
which was destroyed 50 years be- 
fore, but in 520 B. C. very few of 
them would still be alive. There was 
a great contrast between then and 




now. Its former glory had vanished 
(vs. 3). Quickly Haggai makes ap- 
peals for them to continue and keep 
up their courage and to go on with 
the work (vs. 4). In verses 6-9 this 
shaking of all nations would soon be 
the means of the glory that is com- 
ing in a little while. Into the Temple 
would soon be streaming the desir- 
able things of all nations, silver and 
gold, which would go to beautify 
Jehovah's house, making its glory 
greater than the former Temple. 

Verses 10-14. 

Three months after the work had 
begun there was need for another 
appeal by the prophet. He must re- 
mind the people that now they were 
engaged in a very good work and to 
see that it was done in a right man- 
ner, for otherwise it would not be 
accepted of God. All are warned 
here to purify the hands they em- 
ploy in this work, for to the pure 
only all things are pure, and from 
the pure only that comes which is 
pure. This matter is here illustrated 
by the established rules of the cere- 
monial law, in putting a difference 
between the clean and the unclean. 

Verses 15-19. 

If their hearts be right with God. 
and their eyes single in his service, 
they shall have the benefit of their 
devotion. God will take away the 
judgment of famine wherewith they 
have been corrected for their re- 
missness, and will restore them great 
plenty. This they are called to con- 
sider. 

Verses 20-23. 

After Haggai's sermon to the peo- 
ple, he gives a sermon to the mag- 
istrates, a word directed particularly 
to Zerubbabel, the governor of Ju- 
dah. who was a leading active man 
in this good work which the people 
now set about. Zerubbabel was 
grandson of Jeconiah and was to be 
the central figure and highest hon- 
ors are showered upon him. He is 
compared to the signet ring upon 
Jehovah's finger (cf. Jer. 22:24), 
sealing as it were his purposes and 
clothed with his authority. He is in- 
vested with the exalted titles of 
Jehovah's servant and His chosen 
one (vs. 23). Haggai, like Zechariah 
(6:12), sees in this man the mes- 
sianic King. 



BY RALPH S. BURNS 

PASTOR, FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH. CLAY CITY, IND. 



January 22, 7955 



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"WE LEAVE HEAVEN TO 
THE SPARROWS" 



THE ERRORS OF 

UNITARIANISM 



Of all the "isms" cursing our 
country today this is perhaps the 
most difficult to catalog and say. 
"This is Unitarianism." The difficul- 
ty lies in making any line of demar- 
cation between this and the entire 
modernistic movement. Unitarians 
as such have no authoritative or 
representative "statement of faith." 
which adds to the difficulty of de- 
fining their theological system. Their 
theology is primarily a reflection of 
their o w n religious experience, 
which fluctuates widely with time, 
personality, and circumstance. 

Plan and Program for America 

The history of this movement on 
our own continent makes sad read- 
ing. The plan has been to slowly get 
liberal leaders into positions and 
pulpits of importance and then to 
slowly permeate entire denomina- 
tions with their teaching. How well 
they have succeeded is well set forth 
in the book, "The Leaven of the Sad- 
ducees." by Ernest Gordon, which 
we highly recommend. The philos- 
ophy can be summed up in the 
words of Rev. W. S. Morgan: "Don't 
label your heresy, was my advice. 
Do as I do. Give them heresy in 
such a fashion that the very saints 
will not suspect it. Bad ethics, you 
say! I say. very bad! But this is the 
only way in which hundreds of or- 
thodox pulpits can be held." 

Aversion to Creeds 

One thing which you will discover 
about Unitarianism is that it is more 
of a negative religion than a positive 
one. Unitarians deny one doctrine 
after another without ever setting 
forth what they believe. From this it 
naturally follows that we can expect 
few creedal confessions from them. 
One of their leaders puts it this way: 
"We have no creed of any kind. Is it 
because we believe nothing or so 
little? No: it is because we believe 
so much we can find no formula to 
express our beliefs. To us Truth is 
infinite and cannot be enclosed in 
any statement of belief .... Each 
one of us should have his own creed, 
the result of his own best thinking, 
but he has no desire to fix that creed 
upon anyone else" (Dr. C. S. Wicks). 
Or again: "We stand for nothing but 



the liberty to stand for anything or 
nothing at all" (Dr. Dodson). We 
have found that men who refuse to 
state their beliefs usually have noth- 
ing to state! Let us now look more 
particularly at some of the theology 
of the Unitarian movement and see 
how far short it falls from being the 
revealed Word of God. 

The Trinity 

According to the Unitarians the 
Christian doctrine of the Trinity 
proclaims three Gods instead of one. 
There is only one uni-personal God 
and he is not Christ nor the Holy 
Spirit. Thus it would seem that the 
Unitarian still clings to the worship 
of one God — but is this one God the 
Jehovah of the Bible? Bruce Bar- 
ton's declaration of God is this: "He 
must be at least as good as I am, for 
He created me, and my intelligence 
is a tiny fragment of His own." In 
light of its context this is a far cry 
from the exclamation of the psalm- 
ist: "Great is our Lord and of great 
power: his understanding is infinite" 
(Ps. 147:5). "Twentieth century peo- 
ple recognize God chiefly in the 
wonderful energies of sound, light, 
electricity, in the vital processes of 
plants and animals, in human loves 
and aspiration, and in the evolution 
of human society." This is the pan- 
theistic God of President Eliot of 
Harvard. 

Jesus Christ 

In view of the foregoing paragraph 
one can well expect a most ruthless 
verbal barrage against this great 
Person. His virgin birth is "an insult 
to motherhood." Instead of the 
Alpha and Omega of the New Tes- 
tament we read: "He was not the 
first; He will not be the last .... He 
was but one in a long line of reveal- 
ers to men of the law by which they 
are called upon to live." Concerning 
His sinlessness, John W. Chadwick 
said: "That Jesus was a perfect man 
is an assertion as impossible to prove 
as that the inhabitants of Mars eat 
nothing but unleavened bread." 

Substitutionary Atonement 

What have the Unitarians to say 
of this great doctrine? In the first 



BY REV. BLAINE SNYDER 
WINONA LAKE, IND 



place, no salvation is necessary, for 
"What the human race needs is not 
redemption, but education." If man- 
kind does need regeneration, most 
surely the Jesus of the Unitarian 
would be impotent to provide it. "It 
were a terrible mistake to think that 
any life, albeit that of Jesus . . . 
could fully answer to our utmost 
need. Mankind needs for its salva- 
tion all the best that science, art, 
philosophy, religion, literature, and 
life contain within their boundless 
scope" (Chadwick). Thus, the 
preaching of salvation through the 
shed blood of Christ is a great void 
in the Unitarian pulpit program. 
One of them confessed: "When it 
was whispered abroad that in my 
ministry of three years I had not 
preached a sermon on the blood of 
Jesus cleansing us from all sin, I saw 
clearly that I was discovered" (Rev. 
W. S. Moi'gan). "You cannot think 
of a Unitarian congregation singing 
'Jesus paid it all, all the debt I owe.' 
We have no hymns in our books that 
cry: 'Great God, how infinite thou 
art, what worthless worms we are.' " 
The contemptuous cry of another 
was that "one might as well speak 
of the wool of the Lamb as the blood 
of the Lamb" (Prof. Kent). 

Prayer 

When God is stripped of all His 
might and majesty, He is no longer 
looked upon as One who might so- 
licit our prayers. At the hands of 
the Unitarians man has been deified 
and God has been humanized. Men 
are still described as "flabby from 
long reliance on prayer." "As soon 
as men begin to think straight, that 
is, to think the thoughts of civiliza- 
tion, the childish conception of 
prayer fades away." 

Second Coming 

If the doctrines of Jesus Christ 
and salvation arouse the wrath of 
the Unitarians, this one stirs them to 
a fury bordering on hysteria! This 
great Christian truth is regarded as 
"doctrine more heinous and rotting 
to the soul than polygamy, witch- 
burning, and slavery combined" 



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(Christian Register). One Unitarian 
minister referred to this doctrine as 
"a medieval gospel of blood and the 
devil, a hydra-headed monster that 
has crawled out of the Dark Ages" 
(Rev. Weil). Rev. Maxwell Savage 
calls it "the debauching Second 
Coming enormity." 

Heaven 

It would seem that by this time we 
should have exhausted the liberal- 
ism and blasphemy of the Unitarian 
movement. However, we take one 
final glimpse at this great element of 
our faith. Instead of the words of 
our Lord, "I go to prepare a place 
for you," what are we offered by the 
Unitarians? Heinrich Heine said, 
"We leave heaven to the sparrows." 
Rev. Edward Cummings speaks of 
the abode of the blest as "that ridic- 
ulous spiritual roof-garden in the 
next world." 

We are fully aware of the fact that 
these words may fall into the hands 
of some of the group about whom 
we have been writing, and if so. they 
. will be branded by them as unjust, 
unfair, and altogether too critical. 
However, our analysis of their view- 
point is not nearly as scathing and 
diabolical as that of one of their own 
number concerning the ministry of 
the well-known Dr. Massee, of Tre- 
mont Temple, Boston. Concerning 
his radio ministry. Dr. Dieffenbach 
once said: "What awful stuff! And 
the great radio station of one of the 
stores in Boston is a broadcasting 
accomplice in this wretched busi- 
ness. Into thousands of homes evil 
things about a fiendish, murderous 
God are poured in the name of the 
religion of Christ. It is terrible. We 
should as lief hear a minister advise 
a maiden to yield her chastity, a 
youth to steal a purse, as to have 
people taught as they are by Dr. 
Massee" (quoted in "The Leaven of 
the Sadducees." by Ernest Gordon, 
p. 83). 

Man's Real Need 

This, dear reader, is modernism 
gone mad. But once a man has re- 
jected the inspiration of the Scrip- 
tures and all its great teachings, 
deified the human race and made 
man sufficient to save his own soul, 
what else can you expect? What 
mankind needs is the Gospel of the 
great grace of our loving Lord. This 
alone is the sufficient antidote for 
the spiritual poison revealed in this 
brief study of this modem curse. 




sNEWS 



L=^TKom The JCw 

ffl TOJ7I 

CHURCHES 

Framont, Ohio 

At the annual children's Christmas 
program Pastor and Mrs. Gordon 
Gordon Bracker were given a real 
surprise. During the program, the 



and Saviour. We thank God for what 
He did at Camden and we trust that 
this fire may burn brightly until 
Christ himself returns.— Bill Smith, 
evangelist. 







family of Brother Bracker was in- 
vited to the platform for a photo- 
graph to mark the first anniversary 
of his ministry in Fremont. Two 
notes were delivered to the platform. 
One was addressed to the Brackers. 
informing them that 200 pounds of 
meat were being delivered to their 
deep-freeze; the second note was 
handed to the chairman directing 
him to open the baptistry curtains. 
When this was done, a spotlight 
played on an automatic clothes- 
dryer, a gift to the Bracker family. 

Camden, Ohio 

We have just closed a campaign 
which we believe was a genuine re- 
vival effort at Camden, Ohio. The 
dates of the meeting were November 
28-December 12, and during these 
days the blessings of God surpassed 
previous plans. Deep conviction was 
present at the first meeting and last- 
ed through the entire campaign. 
There was a feeling by all that God 
was going to work. Prayers were of- 
fered and tears were shed and. praise 
God, genuine decisions were made. 

Dr. Randall Rossman, the pastor 
of this church, surely is a man of 
cooperation and devotion to his Lord 



It was indeed a blessed privilege 
to labor together with God and 
Evangelist Bill Smith in our recent 
evangelistic campaign. Brother Bill 
is a naturally born evangelist which, 
coupled with his second birth, his 
unique approach, enthusiasm, mag- 
netic personality, and delivery of 
God's message, drew record crowds. 
The average attendance for each 
service was 94.4. 

Four persons making first-time 
decisions for Christ have obeyed in 
Christian baptism. Three of them 
have united with our fellowship, one 
of them being unable to attend since 
baptism because of illness. 

The spirit of revival continues, 
and we trust that the splendid spirit 
of unity now manifest among our 
people might continue on and serve 
to bind both pastor and people more 
closely to our blessed Lord and to 
one another. We covet your prayers 
for the Lord's work here in Camden. 
— Dr. R. L. Rossman, pastor. First 
Brethren Church. 

Sunnyside, Wash. 

The Lord sent gracious "showers 
of blessings" to the Brethren in 
Sunnyside, Wash., in the two weeks 
with Crusade Team Two. 

We praise the Lord for the lead- 
ership of Evangelist Archie Lynn 
and Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Colburn. 
Only eternity will reveal all the re- 
sults, but today we see a revived 
church, and have received new mem- 
bers into the fellowship and have 
many good prospects for the future. 

No offerings were received until 
the closing Sunday, when we more 
than met the entire budget for the 
Crusade. — Harold D. Painter, pastor, 
First Brethren Church. 



Crusade Team Two spent two very 
enjoyable and profitable weeks at 
Sunnyside, Wash., with Pastor Har- 
old Painter. Attendance was the best 
of any Northwest church, averaging 
163. Decisions were made at most of 
the services for salvation, restora- 
tion, rededication, and church mem- 
bership. Sunday-morning services 
were broadcast over the local radio 
station, and a special service was 

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January 22, 7955 



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The Board of Ministerial Relief in Relation to Social Security for Ministers 



NEWS 





Pff TOPI 

CHURCHES 



A STATEMENT 



In answer to inquiries concern- 
ing how the Federal social security 
provisions for ministers will affect 
the program of the Board on Minis- 
terial Relief of the National Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches, we call 
attention to certain facts. 

First — Beginning January 1, 1955, 
ministers may elect to be covered by 
social security under the same terms 
as self-employed persons. On or be- 
fore April 15, 1957, a certificate must 
be filed electing such coverage. Only 
those who are qualified as ministers 
on January 1, 1955, will be covered 
from that date. Those ordained after 
the year 1954 will be covered from 
the first of the vear in which thev 
file. 

Second — The rate of tax begins at 
3 percent of the first $4,200 of annual 
earnings. It increases every five 
years until it reaches 6 percent in 
1957 and thereafter. This tax is paid 
at the time of filing the annual in- 
come-tax return. The minister must 
include fees and allowances for min- 
isterial functions in addition to the 
regular compensation in figuring his 
annual income. Parsonage allowance 
must be figured as income. 

Third — The minister can never 
withdraw after he has elected to be 
covered. He must continue. The 
Government will collect the tax as 
long as he lives, or until he retires. 

Fourth — A minister is insured as 
early as April 1956 (if he elects cov- 
erage beginning with January 1955 
and has made $400 or more in in- 
come in both 1955 and 1956. 

Fifth — The church has nothing to 
do with the social security of minis- 
ters. Ministers are under self-em- 
ployed classification. The churches 
do not enter into the plan or pay any 
of the tax for ministers. 

In view of these facts, we advise 



that all churches continue sending 
their 3 percent to the Board of Min- 
isterial Relief. Part of this goes into 
the "emergency fund," from which 
help is given to Brethren ministers 
in the time of emergency needs. The 
remainder of the 3 percent goes into 
the retirement fund for retired 
Brethren ministers. The amount that 
Brethren ministers receive from this 
retirement fund would be a needful 
and welcome supplement to any so- 
cial security benefits possible. Nei- 
ther benefits — those received from 
either social security or the board's 
retirement — would be sufficient to 
care for all needs. The two together 
would not be any more than ade- 
quate to care for minimum needs. 
All Brethren churches should con- 
tribute the 3 percent regularly, re- 
gardless of whether Brethren min- 
isters enter social security. Remem- 
ber, the churches have nothing to do 
with the minister's social security; if 
he enters, he goes in as a self-em- 
ployed person. 

Our sincere advice to all Brethren 
ministers is to pay their 1 percent to 
the Board of Ministerial Relief. So- 
cial security has no insurance as is 
provided under our board. Most of 
your 1 percent is consumed in pay- 
ing the insurance premium. You not 
only need this insurance, but you 
need the retirement benefits as well, 
whether you enter social security or 
not. You cannot qualify for the re- 
tirement benefits unless you con- 
tribute the 1 percent. 

We see no reason why the pro- 
gram of our board should be either 
limited or discontinued. In fact, we 
believe it should continue and be 
enlarged. Plans for enlargement are 
under consideration. They will be 
presented at the next annual meet- 
ing of Brethren churches at Port- 
land, Oreg. 

Dr. C. H. Ashman, president. 
Ord Gehman, secretary. 



(Continued From Page 63) 

held on Thanksgiving morning, as 
well as Thanksgiving night. 

"Happy Hour" was held the first 
week, with attendance averaging 113 
boys and girls for the four days. 
Many boys and girls accepted Christ 
as Saviour here and in the Sunday- 
school service. 

The team had the opportunity of 
preaching at Grandview, a new 
church started by Pastor Harold 
Painter in a community a few miles 
away. This is a thriving church, and 
attendances ran over 60 both Sun- 
days. Services are held early here, 
during the Sunday-school hour at 
Sunnyside. Many of the Grandview 
people attended the Sunnyside meet- 
ings, and some of the decisions re- 
corded were from them. 

The blessing of God was evident 
upon this church, and these meet- 
ings, and we praise Him for every 
victory won. — Crusade Team Two. 

Ozark, Mich. 

We are enjoying our work at 
Ozark. We have had no open deci- 
sions to accept Jesus Christ as Sav- 
iour since we came, but there are 
many other blessings for which we 
are very thankful. 

God has been supplying our mate- 
rial needs in amazing and new ways 
daily. We are reaching new contacts 
continually. We miss the quantity of 
Christian fellowship that we had in 
the Alto area, but it helps us to 
appreciate the quality of the few 
Christians around us. There is cer- 
tainly very little Gospel in this 
sparsely settled area. Some that 
were saved in Crusade Team One's 
meeting this summer are growing in 
the Lord in a way that makes our 
hearts rejoice. 

We are already outgrowing the 
schoolhouse that the group here 
have bought and paid for. It will 
mean either remodeling or moving 
in the spring. — Earl Funderburg, 
■pastor, Grace Brethren Church. 



IIIm.1. 



Ill 



It's the Oregon Trail to Portland in '55— August 10-17' 

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The BRETHREN 





-Photo courtesy of Portland Chamber oj Commerce. 



Portland, Oregon, With Mount Hood in Background 

SITE OF 1955 NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP— AUGUST 10-17 



MISSIONARY 



HERALD 



. Th. BRETHREN 

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EDITORIAL STAFF 
Editor and Bus. Mgr ... Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benj amin Hamilton 

Winona Lake. Ind 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake. Ind 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



PHILADELPHIA, PA. The Atlan- 
tic District Men's Rally will be held 
hece Jan. 29 at the Third Brethren 
Church. Robert Cessna will be host 
pastor. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. The Sunday- 
school average of the West Tenth 
Street Brethren Church was 17 per- 
cent over 1953. Miles Taber is pastor. 
RITTMAN, OHIO. The Northern 
Ohio District youth rally was held at 
the First Brethren Church on Jan. 8. 
Rev. and Mrs. Jake Kliever and Rev. 
Harold Etling participated in the 
rally. 

ROANOKE, VA. The Southeast 
District overnight youth rally was 
held at the Washington Heights 
Brethren Church Jan. 7-8. W. Carl 
Miller was host pastor. 

BUENA VISTA. VA. The South- 
east District Laymen's meeting will 
be held at the First Brethren Church 
Feb. 4. Edward Lewis is pastor. 

FILLMORE. CALIF. Maxwell 
Brenneman, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, was ordained to 
the Christian ministry on Jan. 16. 
Those assisting in the service were 
J. Keith Altig, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Glendale, Calif.; 
Dr. Charles Ashman, pastor of the 
Fremont Avenue Brethren Church, 
South Pasadena, Calif.; Glenn 
O'Neal, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Inglewood, Calif.; and 
Leo Polman. formerly pastor of the 
Temple City Brethren Church and 
father-in-law of Brother Brenne- 
man. 

HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA. Rev. and 
Mrs. Foster Tresise, self-supporting 
Brethren missionaries at Honolulu, 
Hawaii, arrived in the States by 
plane on Jan. 2 on a rush trip to the 
bedside of Mrs. Mary A. Tresise, 
the mother of Rev. Tresise. On Jan. 
9 she departed to be with the Lord. 



WAYNESBORO, PA. Word has 
been received that Mrs. Wm. Gray, 
wife of the pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church, is improved in health. 

BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIF. The 
annual Youth Snow Camp for the 
California District will be held here 
Feb. 26-27. 

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. The 
Rosemont Brethren Church became 
a self-supporting church on Jan. 1, 
according to Earle Peer, pastor. This 
church also won first place in the 
National Brethren Sunday School 
Contest for the month of December. 

COMPTON. CALIF. The new tel- 
ephone number of Dennis Holliday, 
pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
is NEwmark 5-9027. Please change 
Annual. 




WINONA LAKE, IND. The Grace 
Seminary and College basketball 
team has planned a brief tour which 
will take them to four other Chris- 
tian schools during the week begin- 
ning Feb. 6. The itinerary will take 
the team to Philadelphia Bible In- 
stitute, Pa., Feb. 8; Shelton College, 
New Jersey, Feb. 9; Providence Bi- 
ble College, Rhode Island, Feb. 10; 
Nyack Bible Institute, N. Y., Feb. 12. 
On the way to and from these ap- 
pointments the team will conduct 
.several gospel services. To date the 
record of the team is 8 wins and 7 
losses. The opposing teams have in- 



cluded Huntington College, Western 
Michigan College, Manchester Col- 
lege, Goshen College, Kalamazoo 
College, Fort Wayne Bible College, 
and several independent teams. Mar. 
12 the team will go to Wheaton Col- 
lege for the Wheaton Invitational 
Basketball Tournament. 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. The 
first regular services of the Grace 
Brethren Church were held in the 
North Lauderdale Improvement As- 
sociation Building with 29 in Sunday 
school. 29 for the morning worship, 
and 26 for the evening service. The 
new address of Rev. Ralph Colburn, 
pastor, is 1118 NW. 18th Ct. Please 
change Annual. 

WHEATON, ILL. On Jan. 10 a fire 
swept through the home-mission 
church that is under construction 
here, causing damage estimated at 
about $4,000. The fire was caused 
by the accidental tipping of an oil 
burner by some volunteer workmen. 
The fire spread to the unfinished roof 
before it was extinguished. Plans 
called for occupying the new build- 
ing about Feb 1, but the fire will 
delay this about one month. The 
damage was covered by insurance. 

STERLING, Ohio. Rev. J. L. 
Gingrich has resigned as pastor of 
the First Brethren Church after a 
faithful ministry of seven years. Rev. 
Gingrich was the secretary of our 
national conference for many years. 

CHICAGO, ILL. More than 3,000 
alumni of Moody Bible Institute 
are expected to attend the home- 
coming celebrations Feb. 1-6. Anton 
Marco, baritone, former opera star, 
will sing at the Hymnspiration pro- 
gram to be presented by the Moody 
Chorale on Feb. 6. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 



Church 

Modesto, Calif 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Ghent) 

Berne, Ind 

Fillmore, Calif... 
Glendale, Calif. . . 

Alto, Mich 

Dayton, Ohio 

(Patterson P'k) 
La Verne, Calif . . 
Ashland, Ohio. . . . 
Uniontown, Pa . . . 



Date 
Jan. 30-Feb. 2. 



Feb. 1-13. 

Feb. 6-20. 

Feb. 6-20. 

Feb. 8-13. 

Feb. 8-20. 



Pastor 
J. Paul Miller. 



Evangelist 
. R. I. Humberd. 



Mar. 13-27 

Mar. 20- Apr. 3., 
Mar. 22- Apr. 3.. 
Mar. 27- Apr. 10. 



Robert E. A. Miller Crusade Team 2. 

Ord Gehman Pat Henry. 

Max Brenneman . . Crusade Team 1. 

Keith Altig R. I. Humberd. 

Irving Miller Bill Smith. 

C. S. Zimmerman. Richard DeArmey. 

Victor Meyers Bill Smith. 

Miles Taber Crusade Team 2. 

Clyde Landrum . . Dean Fetterhoff . 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 



VOLUME 17. NUMBER 5 



Entered as second-class matter April 16. 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind., under the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price. S2.00 a year; 100-percent churches, SI. 50; foreign, $3.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William Schaffer, secretary; Ord Gehman, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, 
member-at-large to Executive Committee; Walter Lepp, S. W. Link, Mark Malles. Robert E. A. Miller, True Hunt, Lyle W. Marvin. Arnold 
R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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4fo*e Minute* With 1/aul Jl&icdd Zditai 



"A Livin' Doll" 

The name of Jehovah was so holy 
in Israel that one dared not so much 
as speak His name aloud. Holy rev- 
erence was demonstrated each time 
the name was used. In the Old Tes- 
tament it is recorded that the sera- 
phim cried, "Holy, holy, holy, is the 
Lord of hosts . . . and the posts of the 
door moved at the voice of him that 
cried, and the house was filled with 
smoke" (Isa. 6:3-4). 

The modern attitude is consider- 
ably different. Recently, no less a 
"Hollywood theologian" than Movie 
Actress Jane Russell declared that 
the Lord is "a livin' doll, a right nice 
guy" (Newsweek magazine). 

What blasphemy! Imagine, if pos- 
sible, the seraphim employing such 
profanity in reference to the thrice 
holy God. When Isaiah prophesied 
the coming of the Lord, he declared 
that His name would be called 
"Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty 
God, The everlasting Father, The 
Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6). Nearly 
30 centuries later one Jane Russell 
from Hollywood (which has a "rep- 
utation" of being anything but spir- 
itual), adds to Isaiah's names for the 
Lord and calls Him a "livin' doll, a 
right nice guy." This Hollywood 
terminology is obnoxious to the re- 
generated child of God. 

The Holy Spirit of God spoke 
through the Apostle Paul saying. 
"Their throat is an open sepulchre; 
with their tongues they have used 
deceit; the poison of asps is under 
their lips" (Rom. 3:13). It is quite 
evident that a mouth that would call 
God "a livin' doll" stems from a 
heart that ignores God's glory and 
grace. 



Only 4 Percent 

According to our national statis- 
tician, only 4 percent of the total 
giving of our brotherhood went to 
educational purposes during 1953-54. 
It should be remembered that of this 
4 percent, some went to institutions 
which were not Brethren, which 
further means that we have not 
given the proper evalution to the 
work of our educational program. 

Brethren, we can praise God that 
we have an institution like Grace 
Seminary and College. We dare not 
neglect the formal training of young 
men and women, for such is funda- 



mental to home missions, foreign 
missions, and certainly becomes per- 
tinent when we have empty pulpits 
in our established churches. 

Let us pray earnestly that the of- 
fering for 1954-55 will demonstrate 
our interest in our Christian educa- 
tional program in the Brethren 
Church. 



New Testament for the Navaho 

The American Bible Society is 
now printing the New Testament in 
the Navaho language, which is con- 
sidered one of the most difficult lan- 
guages in the world. Few white men 
have ever mastered it. When it is 
considered that there are nearly 75,- 
000 Navaho Indians in Arizona and 
New Mexico who have never had 
the Bible printed in their language, 
one can more fully appreciate the 
magnitude of the work of this trans- 
lation. 



Religion in the News 

For many years pastors have com- 
plained that it is difficult to get 
church news into the daily news- 
papers. Since the early and middle 
twenties editors have shown little or 
no interest in "church news." 

Today the picture has completely 
changed. Five hundred fifty daily 
newspapers have full-time religious 
editors who are eager for church 
news. Citywide evangelistic meet- 
ings are now front-page stories. Dr. 
Billy Graham has been interviewed 
by many of the leading secular mag- 
azines which formerly manifested 
little interest in "religion." A local 
TV station in Davenport, Iowa, gave 
an interview on their noon news to 
Rev. True Hunt, the new pastor of 
our home-mission church in that 
city. Ten years ago this would never 
have taken place, even on radio. The 
Lord be praised for this opportunity 
to publicize the Gospel. We need to 
be sure that we have "news" that is 
worthy of space and is of general in- 
terest to the reader of the "daily." 



Healing Campaigns 

From the Atlantic to the Pacific, 
north and south, "dynamic actor- 
evangelists" are having huge tents 
raised in metropolitan areas and 
through psychological persuasion are 
swaying thousands of men and 
women with their un-Scriptural 
healing cult. 

It is reported that in a meeting re- 
cently conducted in Hartford, Conn., 
2,200 people out of a crowd of 4,000 
responded to the first invitation. 

One such nationally known "heal- 
er" has a radio network of 216 sta- 
tions, and is now preparing films of 
Palestine and South Africa to be 
used in connection with his proposed 
television program. The fact is that 
down through the years "healers" 
come and "healers" go, and they 
usually go with a moral question 
mark placed upon their character. 
Employing psychical methods to be- 
guile frustrated people to seek heal- 
ing is diabolically inspired. 

The Bible teaches healing, and 
God is able to heal in this day of 
grace, but all such healing must be 
in full accord with the teaching of 
the Word of God as recorded in 
James 5:14-15. 

In the first place, in 99 44/100 per- 
cent of the cases, the professional 
"healer" gives a general call from 
the pulpit for all who are sick and 
who desire to be healed to come to 
the front to be prayed for. The Bible 
teaches that if any is sick, "let him 
call for the elders of the church." 
That is, the ill person is instructed to 
call, and not the preacher. Secondly, 
it is not to be a preacher, but sev- 
eral. Man cannot heal; it is God who 
does the healing. Lest man take the 
credit, God commanded that several 
unite in prayer for the one who is ill. 
Thirdly, the Word of God instructs 
that this should be done by the 
"elders," which is always masculine 
gender in the Greek. Lastly, the sick 
one should be anointed with oil. Oil 
is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. God 
can and does heal, but let us be sure 
it is Scriptural healing. 



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! us is a vivid picture of 

man's hatred for divine control and 
his ultimate rebellion. Historically, 
this psalm has a threefold setting. 
The first setting is derived from Da- 
vid's own experience. King David, 
as the Lord's anointed, had to estab- 
lish his position through his victories 
on the battlefield. He suffered rebel- 
lion against his leadership from 
among his top officials and even in 
his own household. No doubt these 
conditions were recalled to memory 
as he penned this psalm. A second 
historical fulfillment, at least in part, 
is shown in Acts 4:25-28. The believ- 
ers in the early church interpreted 
this prophecy of rebellion as per- 
taining to the crucifixion of Christ 
through the instrumentality of Her- 
od and Pilate in conjunction with the 
Romans and Jews. The final and 
complete fulfillment of this psalm is 
yet future. The hatred and rebellion 
ol mankind against God will be con- 
summated during the reign of the 
Antichrist in the tribulation period. 
Jt is with this phase of our picture 
that we wish to deal. 

There is little question as to the 
divisions in this psalm. It is com- 
monly agreed that it is divided into 
four sections, each containing three 
verses. One has considered the parts 
as representing voices. The first 
voice to be heard is that of the na- 
tions. The nexl three voices are 
those of God the Father, God the 
Son, and God the Holy Spirit, re- 
spectively. This is the threefold an- 
swer of the Godhead to the bold 
plan of the nations. Listen to what 
the voices have to say. 

THE NATIONS SPEAK 

The nations say, "Let us rebel." 
The nations are raging. They are 
gathered together in a tumultuous 
assembly. If it is hard for you to 
imagine such a scene, look at the 
newspaper and magazine headlines 
of today: "Fall of Hanoi," "Revolt 
Among Survivors," "Collective Se- 
curity Is a Myth," "Arms for the 
Germans," "Dark Trial of Treason," 
"Red Finger on the Arabs," "Duel in 
the East." Truly this is a foretaste of 
the commotion and turmoil which 
must yet come. 

The people instigate the rebellion. 
This is no revolt foisted upon the 
people by a few fanatics. It is not a 
case of the nations being suddenly 
aroused to a white heat of fury by an 
unprincipled but influential orator. 
The peoples imagine a vain thing. 



THE ANOINTED ONE 

TRIUMPHS 

PSALM TWO 

By EVA GODFREY 
Grace Seminary Senior 



The word "imagine" could better be 
understood if given the connotation 
of meditation. This verb in the orig- 
inal is in the imperfect aspect, show- 
ing reiteration. The people have ha- 
bitually mulled over this idea of 
defiance until it has become a part of 
ihern. They are like a pot of water 
beginning to boil. The bubbles of 
resistance begin to gather. Then they 
work their way slowly to the sur- 
face. They continue to develop in 
number and intensity until suddenly 
they boil up in feverish activity. The 
sullen muttering crowd has become 
a riotous gathering. 

Thus, the leaders plan the rebel- 
lion. Very often princes and their 
people do not have a common inter- 
est, but in this case they are united 
in their thoughts of treason. Delib- 
erately the kings and rulers of the 
earth begin their maneuvers of war- 
fare. The armies of the nations are 
swiftly mustered. Meanwhile, the 
military strategists assemble them- 
selves and take counsel together to 
devise a scheme of attack. This is a 
mighty undertaking, involving the 
nations of the world. Such a bold 
assault requires the cold, hard logic 
of the military genius. With deft 
precision they mold the seething 
multitudes into a powerful army and 
set it in battle array. But against 
what person or force is such feverish 
activity directed? 

The objects of the rebellion are 
the Lord himself and His Anointed. 
The creature has so distantly re- 
moved himself from his Creator 
through his corrupt appetites and 
desires that he is now found in a 
position of direct antagonism. Since 
their hatred for the things of God 
has become so deeply ingrained in 
their hearts the people have the 
audacity to rise up in open opposi- 
tion against their God. They refuse 
to submit themselves to the Anoint- 
ed One, the Messiah, God's chosen 



ruler. They will not have Him to 
rule over them. 

The motive jor the rebellion is 
found in their moral attitude. In de- 
fiance the people cry out: "Let us 
break their bands asunder, and cast 
away their cords from us." The re- 
straining moral bands of a holy God 
have become too confining for them. 
Like a colt being broken to the har- 
ness, they chafe and snort and rage 
in an effort to break loose. Oh, to be 
free from the restraints of moral 
law! If they could but stifle the 
conscience! They will be their own 
God. Then they may do as they 
please. 

THE FATHER SPEAKS 

But suddenly the prospect changes 
fi-om the raging tumult and the 
council rooms of the wicked to the 
very sanctuary of heaven, where the 
Lord God sits in majesty surrounded 
by the heavenly hosts. While in the 
midst of the calm composure of this 
magnificent scene we hear the voice 
of God the Father, who says, "Yet 
have I set my king upon . . . Zion." 
We see the reaction of the omni- 
scient, omnipotent God as He views 
the wild turmoil of the nations of 
the earth in the act of rebellion. He 
that sitteth in the heavens shall 
laugh. 

The Father shall have them in de- 
rision. The princes of the earth have 
combined their power to overthrow 
the authority of the Lord — but in 
vain. How small their puny efforts 
must appear to God! Have you ever 
watched a colony of ants in action? 
One afternoon while I was walking 
along, I suddenly spotted a black 
line diagonally across the pathway. 
It seemed to be in motion, and yet 
remained in place. Upon closer ex- 
amination I discovered it was an 
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line was fully two inches wide and 
the ants followed in close formation. 
one after the other. They could be 
traced through the brush to a hole 
at the base of a pine tree. Into this 
hole they poured, only to have oth- 
ers emerge and form into columns 
paralleling the first group. There 
were innumerable multitudes of 
these ants scampering back and 
forth in a determined, unbroken line. 
The purpose of all this activity 
was not clear. For the sake of illus- 
tration, let us suppose we were able 
to understand their intentions. The 
story might unfold as follows. Sev- 
eral of their number had been 
crushed into the sand as humans 
traveled along the path. Thus they 
had called out the entire colony and 
others adjoining. Marshaling the 
army into columns, they would 
march back and forth across the 
path, thus preventing any humans 
from traversing it. You say, how 
silly! Either they could be totally 
ignored by merely stepping over 
them or with a few quick steps most 
of them could be annihilated. The 
ant is too "wise and practical to 
dream of such things. Only humans 
could conceive such a fairy tale. But 
is not the rebellion of the nations as 
silly and futile in God's eyes? He 
that sitteth in the heavens shall 
laugh. The Lord, Adonai, the One 
who has absolute freedom to do as 
He wills without possibility of frus- 
tration — He will have the peoples in 
derision. Although this venture of 
treason is futile. God must not fail 
to punish such disobedience. 

The Father will show them His 
displeasure. To the nations who rise 
up in revolt against the heir, the 
Anointed One. God speaks forth in 
wrath. Despising their preposterous 
and irrational attempts. He does not 
condescend to do battle with them. 
The Word of His mouth is sufficient 
to overthrow them. To bring about 
their destruction the Father will 
send this very One they have re- 
jected. He will smite the nations 
with the sword of the Word. This 
encounter with them is pictured in 
Revelation 19:11-19. A further de- 
scription of the outpouring of His 
wrath is given by the Prophet Isaiah, 
who says in the 63d chapter: "I will 
tread them in mine anger, and tram- 
ple them in my fury: and their blood 
shall be sprinkled upon my gar- 
ments." 

The psalmist himself elaborates on 
the thought by employing a literary 
form which is widely used through 



this psalm as in all Hebrew poetry, 
that of parallelism of ideas. Adding 
to the concept of the Father's wrath, 
he writes that He will "vex them in 
his sore displeasure." The term "vex" 
has the idea of troubling, and in a 
more vivid language, to strike with 
terror. They need to fear the wrath 
of the living God and it is this dread 
that sinks deeply into their hearts. 
Thus we see the people disconcerted 
both inwardly and outwardly as a 
result of the Father's anger. 

Having squelched the rebels, the 
Father makes His declaration. "Yet 
have I set my king upon my holy hill 
of Zion." The King has already been 
chosen. There is no question as to 
who shall reign upon Mount Zion. 
God the Father says it is "my king" 
that shall rule. While the people 
rage. God acts, and despite their 
plans to prevent it. His Anointed has 
been set upon the throne. The verb 
"set" is in the perfect tense, denoting 
past action. Although it is prophetic, 
it awaits fulfillment. However, the 
Word of God is so certain that the 
act of establishing the King may be 
regarded as completed. As God's 
King. Christ has invested in himself 
all the dignity and authority of a 
sovereign prince. The sole adminis- 
tration of government and judgment 
has been entrusted to Him. Truly 
Zion is a holy hill. Prophetically, it 
is set apart as the place where the 
heir according to the Davidic line 
will be enthroned. When the Mes- 
siah does take His place. Zion "will 
be sanctified by His very presence. 

THE SON SPEAKS 

Immediately following, we hear a 
further word from the Godhead. God 
the Son says, "I will declare the de- 
cree." The declaration of the Father. 
I have "set my king upon my holy 
hill of Zion." is based upon the de- 
cree, "Thou art my son: this day 
have I begotten thee." Such a state- 
ment resulting from the determina- 
tion of divine wills is unalterable. 
Contrary to the counsels of earth, 
the counsels of divine wisdom have 
declared that the Son shall be King. 

The Son's position is that of the 
only begotten Son of God. There are 
those who do not "wish to view the 
psalm as pertaining to unfulfilled 
prophecy. Therefore, at this point, 
the verse is either ignored or we get 
some extra or dinary interpretations. 
However, let us permit Scripture to 
interpret itself. Acts 13:33 tells us 
that this phrase. "Thou art my Son. 



this day have I begotten thee," re- 
fers to the time that Jesus was 
raised from the dead. Then, in He- 
brews 5:5, the same phrase is quoted 
as concerning Christ's glorifk 
at His entrance into the high priest- 
hood. Thus the One who is made 
king on the hill of Zion by the Fa- 
ther's sovereign choice is the One 
that rose from the dead and who 
also holds the intercessory office of 
the high priest. The inverted word 
order of the Hebrew text places the 
name of the Lord in an emphatic 
position The Son is basing His claim 
to His exalted position on the estab- 
lished and unbreakable Word of the 
Lord. 

It is the Son's privilege to ask of 
the Father this dominion. Because 
He is the only begotten Son, the 
Father desires to grant this position 
to the Son. Therefore, the Son need 
only ask to receive. It is not neces- 
sary to take this honor to himself. 
Nor should He make this request of 
anyone else. The Father says. Ask of 
Me. Jesus did not forget this promise 
when He was approached in the 
wilderness by Satan, who was will- 
ing to offer Him the kingdoms of the 
world if he might receive worship 
from the Son. Jesus answered that 
worship belonged only- to the Lord. 
Thus He chose to make His request 
of the One whose word never 
changes. Now let us see the extent 
of this promised dominion. 

The Son's possession includes the 
uttermost parts of the earth. As the 
Father states in verse 8: "I shall give 
thee the heathen for thine inher- 
itance, and the uttermost parts of 
the earth for thy possession." That 
which the people have denied the 
Son, the Father says, is to be His 
inheritance. 

The Son's sovereign right to this 
authority is made plain by the four 
living creatures and the 24 elders 




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who worship Him in song. Bowing 
down before Him, they say: "Thou 
art worthy to take the book, and to 
open the seals thereof: for thou wast 
slain, and hast redeemed us to God 
by thy blood out of every kindred, 
and tongue, and people, and nation." 
Surely He who has given His life to 
redeem the world deserves such a 
position of rulership. The Son was 
obedient unto death and thus the 
Father will not fail to give Him the 
promised kingdom. Again the Book 
of the Revelation discloses the heav- 
enly voices which say: "The king- 
doms of this world are become the 
kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ: 
and he shall reign for ever and 
ever." Along with such a pledge the 
Father grants the power that is 
needed. 

The Son's power is manifested in 
His ability to bring them under His 
control. The Father who says: "Thou 
shalt break them with a rod of iron: 
thou shalt dash them in pieces like a 
potter's vessel," shall place this very 
power at the Son's command. De- 
spite their imperial strength, the re- 
bellious nations shall be over- 
whelmed at the coming of the King 
of kings. Revelation 19:15 tells us 
that He will smite the nations and 
rule them with a rod of iron. For 
those who renounce allegiance to 
the rightful sovereign He will bring 
forth the sceptre of His dominion, 
the rod of iron, and totally destroy 
them. As a potter's vessel they will 
be shattered, and like the broken 
potter's vessel they are not restored. 
If they will not submit, they will be 
irreparably crushed. According to 
the apt statement of some, they must 
bend or break! 

THE SPIRIT SPEAKS 

In answer to the people's cry of 
rebellion we have heard the declara- 
tion of the Father and the claim of 
the Son. The answer of the Godhead 
is now made complete as we hear 
the exhortation of God the Holy 
Spirit, who says, "Be instructed." 
This is directed toward the rebel- 
lious mob, as we may see by com- 
paring verse 10 with verse 2, but we 
too may learn much from such sage 
counsel. 

''Show receptiveness," advises the 
Spirit. This advice is directed to 
those who are in positions of in- 
fluence. The terms "kings" and 
"judges" in verse 10 are similar to 
the terms "kings" and "rulers" in 



verse 2. Thus we may safely say that 
in general there is a reference to the 
same groups of people. 

To the kings, the Spirit makes a 
suggestion that they show wisdom. 
In view of the assertions that have 
been made by both the Father and 
the Son, the kings should intelli- 
gently evaluate their position. The 
judges are to allow themselves to be 
instructed. If the leaders would 
calmly and objectively face the facts, 
the Spirit of God is certain that they 
would come to the proper conclu- 
sion. They would realize the futility 
of their revolt and capitulate imme- 
diately before, they were destroyed. 
It is the duty of these men who are 
capable of receiving instruction to 
influence the multitudes in the right 
direction. As leaders, their respon- 
sibility is greater. Let us who are in 
training for positions of leadership 
resolve to be teachable and recep- 
tive to the leading of the Spirit. The 
right attitude will result in proper 
service. 

"Serve reverently," exhorts the 
Spirit. It is the duty of the nations of 
the earth to serve the Messiah. This 
service must be rendered with due 
respect to His Lordship. Those who 
serve the Anointed One need not 
fear the wrath which must come 
upon the unsubmissive. To the true 
servant the fear of the Lord involves 
an abhorrence of any presumptuous 
act. The writer of Hebrews tells us 
that God is a consuming fire. Those 
who trust in Him may rejoice in 
their place of safety, but they may 
not run to excess in their security. A 
rejoicing tempered with awe is the 
attitude the people should maintain 
before their mighty God. The words 
of the Spirit of God have a timely 
message for us. We may boldly enter 
into the presence of our omnipotent 
God, but let us remember the ex- 
ample of our Lord Jesus Christ as 
He faced the tests of Satan: "It is 
said. Thou shalt not tempt the Lord 
thy God." 

"Submit or perish,'' the Spirit 
warns. If they fail to heed this final 
ultimatum, they must go the way of 
all the ungodly. "Kiss the Son, lest 
he be angry, and ye perish from the 
way." Such an admonition meant 
much to the first hearers of this 
psalm. It was expected of a great 
monarch's subjects to bow down and 
kiss the hands or feet of their king, 
in homage to him. At this final pe- 
riod also, the people are warned to 
give an evidence of their submission. 
Their ruin is certain if they refuse 



or reject Christ. If they slight Him 
the wrath of the Father will abide 
upon them, but in addition they 
must also encounter the anger of the 
Son. Revelation 6:16 tells us that 
they will cry out to the mountains 
and rocks saying: "Fall on us, and 
hide us from the face of him that 
sitteth on the throne, and from the 
wrath of the Lamb." The Son alone 
is capable of being a mediator before 
God in their behalf. If they then in- 
cur the wrath of the Son, who will 
intercede for them? They must not 
neglect to honor the Anointed One 
while there is yet time. His wrath 
will soon be kindled. Suddenly the 
opportunity for repentance shall 
cease, for "the great day of his wrath 
is come: and who shall be able to 
stand." 

"Seek refuge," the Spirit urges. 
It will be too late to hide when the 
day of wrath has come. Were all the 
mountains and rocks of the whole 
world heaped over their trembling 
forms, they could not elude this 
great disaster. But there is a rock in 
which they may find refuge. There 
is a place where they need not dread 
the outburst of God's wrath. This 
safe retreat is in the Rock, Christ 
Jesus. To Him they may go up while 
there is yet time. Let them acquiesce 
to the will of God and do obeisance 
to their rightful sovereign. He it was 
who shed His blood that He might 
redeem them. Let them own Him as 
their Lord and King. 



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"Remember . . . thou art fallen, . . . 
repent, . . . do the first works, . . . or 
else . . . repent" (Rev. 2:5). 

What a church those Ephesians 
were! Look at the list of things to 
their credit! Some church people 
seem to feel that the Lord doesn't 
know what goes on in the church, in 
the official board meetings, in the 
deacons' meetings, in the Sunday- 
school cabinet meetings, and in the 
WMC meetings. See His description 
of that Ephesian congregation: "I 
know thy works, and thy labour, and 
thy patience, and how thou canst not 
bear them which are evil: and thou 
hast tried them which say they are 
apostles, and are not, and hast found 
them liars: and hast borne, and hast 
patience, and for my name's sake 
hast laboured, and hast not fainted." 
What a church those Ephesians 
were! If we had a church like that 
today we would consider it the finest 
we had. You would think that the 
Lord would not find anything wrong 
with that church, for sure. How they 
worked and labored, and how they 
had zealously held their heresy 
trials; how they had thrown out the 
worldly crowd, and how they had 
hung on and had not gotten discour- 
aged or quit. My, oh my. what a 
church! 

But what does the Lord say? "I 
have somewhat against thee," Eph- 
esus. You have fallen. What? Eph- 
esus a fallen church! If Ephesus was 
a fallen church, where do a lot of 
churches come in today? Certainly, 
there are none of which we know 
which could afford to form a "mu- 
tual admiration society." The Lord 
invites them to repent, and return to 
their first love, their first devotion, 
which belongs to Him. They were 
urged to return to doing the thing 
that He wanted done above every- 
thing else, which was to bring lost 
men to himself. It seems that God 
said, "If you love Me above all else, 
if you put Me first, that is what you 
will do." 

Then the Lord adds. If you do not 
take this admonition to heart, if you 
do not repent of your sad fall from 
my design for you, I will remove 
your candlestick. Now the candle- 
stick is the divine symbol of the 
Holy Spirit. The Lord is saying, If 
you don't do the work I want you to 
do, which is to take the Gospel to 
lost men everywhere, then My 
promise to go with you and em- 
power and bless you will be taken 
away. Right here is the cause of the 
powerless church! If the church 



grows so cold toward Christ himself, 
and His will, which is to make soul- 
winning their first work, then no 
matter how many other activities it 
engages in, it might as well close its 
doors. 

There has never been a time when 
this divine exhortation is more 
apropos than this very hour. There 
has never been a time when so much 



a church that lives like people who 
belong in heaven, a church that is 
not building for an endless day in 
this world, but seeking to get men 
saved out of this world and ready 
for eternity: a church that, when it 
falls upon its knees to pray, God 
starts to work! When the world gets 
a glimpse of that sort of church in 
their midst, they will respect it, 



CHRIST'S GREAT WORDS 

TO THE CHURCH 

BY R. PAUL MILLER 
Moderator, National Fellowship of Brethren Churches 




Rev. R. Paul Miller 



of the average church's time, effort, 
and money was being spent on side- 
shows rather than the main God- 
given job of keeping men out of hell, 
than as today. That was undoubted- 
ly the trouble with the Ephesian 
church. "Repent," says the Lord, "or 
else." 

Repentance means revival. Reviv- 
al is for the church, not for the 
world. The world is dead. You can't 
revive a thing that is dead, and has 
never lived. We do not hold revivals 
to save lost men. Lost men are saved 
when the church is revived and re- 
turns to doing what God designed, 
and starts winning souls. Undoubt- 
edly, the thing that this lost world of 
men needs to see more than any- 
thing else is a revived church, a 
church that evidences the presence 
and power of almighty God within. 



they will fear it, and they will kneel 
at its altars. 

Why do not sinners confess their 
sins? It is because cold and careless 
Christians do not confess their proud 
sins. Why are sinners not afraid of 
hell? It is because so many church 
members don't seem to be afraid of 
it either, by the way they live. Why 
don't sinners fall on their knees and 
pray? It is because church members 
are not falling on their knees in 
prayer and confession. Just as soon 
as Christians get concerned about 
their own sins of coldness, indiffer- 
ence, and worldliness, the sinner 
will become concerned over his. 
Why don't sinners cease to love the 
world? It is because so many Chris- 
tians still love the world and live for 
it. "Repent," cries the Lord, "or 
else." 

Love makes the heart sensitive 
and tender, and willing to bear bur- 
dens and sacrifices. Love for the 
Lord Jesus will make the Christian 
sensitive and devoted to please Him 
above all things. Excuses will die. 
Obedience will rule. "If a man love 
me, he will keep my words," said 
the Master. If a man truly loves 
Jesus Christ, he will love those for 
whom He died. He can't just let 
them go to hell without doing some- 
thing about it. 

Christian, Jesus has no hands but 
your hands; He has no feet but your 
feet; He has no lips but yours. When 
you yield them unreservedly to Him 
to win lost men to Christ, that is re- 
vival. That is returning to your first 
love. 

This is Christ's great message to 
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SMOKING— IS IT J 



I am very much aware of the fact 
that I am touching upon something 
that has become common among the 
American people, both male and fe- 
male, young and old, rich and poor. 
I realize that it is the wrong thing to 
talk about if I am seeking the ap- 
plause of the people. But, if seeking 
popularity in this old sin-cursed 
world is my aim, I should at once 
leave the ministry and not mock 
God and intelligent people. 

In treating this subject, it shall not 
be my purpose to try to tell the lost 
how they should live. The message 
God has for the lost is to repent and 
believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, 
trusting in Him for eternal salvation. 
If they don't, God has given ample 
warning as to the eternal conse- 
quences. 

Most of the Bible is occupied with 
God's dealing with His own people. 
In the Old Testament it was with 
His chosen nation. Israel. In the New 
Testament it is with His chosen peo- 
ple, the church. It shall be my pur- 
pose to help believers to know the 
truth regarding this enslaving habit. 
If you are not a Christian, you are 
certainly invited to read these lines, 
but don't get angry at me for some- 
thing I may say that you won't like. 
Remember, this is addressed not 
primarily to you. If you are not a 
child of God and you think it is all 
right to use tobacco, that's your bus- 
iness. But if you are a child of God. 
it is not your business. It is God's. 
You belong to Him. He bought you 
with a price (see I Cor. 6:19-20). 

SIN DEFINED 

In answering the question. "Is 
Smoking Sin?" we have six points 
for consideration. The first three 
have to do with God's definition of 
sin, and the last three are reasons 
why sin should not be practiced in 
the life of the believer. 

What is sin? Webster defines it as 
follows: "Any voluntary transgres- 
sion of the law of God. Sin includes 
not only actions, but neglect of 
known duty, all evil thoughts, words, 
purposes, and all that is contrary to 
the law of God." Using the Bible as 
the final authority, we must agree 
that the definition is good, but let's 
allow the Bible to speak for itself. 



First: In I John 3:4 God says: 
"Whosoever committeth sin trans- 
gresseth also the law: for sin is the 
transgression of the law." The law is 
given to show man what sin is. The 
law cannot save a man. It serves to 
condemn him. The law is recorded in 
the Old Testament. And since we, as 
Christians, are on New Testament 
ground, shall we employ the law? In 
answering this question, we shall 
read from the New Testament con- 
cerning the law. In I Timothy 1:8 we 
read: "But we know that the law is 
good, if a man use it lawfully; know- 
ing this, that the law is not made 
for a righteous man, but for the law- 
less and disobedient, for the ungodly 
and for sinners." We must use the 
law lawfully, so we want to make it 
clear that we are not now using the 
law as an instrument upon believers. 
Neither are we using it as an instru- 
ment upon the lost as a means of 
obtaining salvation. 

I John 3:4 declares that "sin is the 
transgression of the law." We are 
using the law to define and answer 
the question. "What is sin?" Ro- 
mans 5:20 says: "Moreover the law 
entered, that the offence might 
abound." In Romans 7:7 we read: 
"What shall we say then? Is the law 
sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not 
known sin, but by the law: for I had 
not known lust, except the law had 
said, Thou shalt not covet." Let us 
notice two more verses from Ro- 
mans 7. Verses 12 and 13 say: 
"Wherefore the law is holy, and the 
commandment holy, and just, and 
good. Was then that which is good 
made death unto me? God forbid. 
But sin, that it might appear sin, 
working death in me by that which 
is good; that sin by the command- 
ment might become exceeding sin- 
ful." 

Now let us go to the law and see 
how exceeding sinful the use of to- 
bacco really is. We shall go to the 
20th chapter of Exodus and look at 
a few of the ten commandments re- 
corded there. 

Commandment No. 1 says: "Thou 
shalt have no other gods before me." 
When Jesus Christ was here on the 
earth, a man came to Him one day 
and asked, "Master, which is the 
great commandment in the law?" 



Jesus said unto him: "Thou shalt 
love the Lord thy God with all thy 
heart, and with all thy soul, and 
with all thy mind." Men who loyally 
bow before the god of tobacco can- 
not at the same time love the Lord 
God with all their heart, and soul, 
and mind. If we understood this 
fully there would be no need of go- 
ing into the law further to prove the 
exceeding sinfulness of the sin in 
question. However, we shall look at 
another. 

Commandment No. 6 says: "Thou 
shalt not kill." Kill? Yes;' Mill To- 
bacco is a killer. Expectant mothers 
are killing their babes, and people 
by the thousands are killing them- 
selves. Investigators have found and 
listed 19 different poisons in the 
burning of tobacco. And after nam- 
ing all 19 of these poisons, Dr. John 
Harvey Kellogg says: "It appears 
that tobacco smoke contains not less 
than 19 poisons, every one of which 
is capable of producing deadly ef- 
fects." He also said that "tobacco is 
a form of 'dope' as really as opium, 
cocaine, or any other drug. The con- 
firmed cigarette smoker is as thor- 
oughly enslaved as the opium smok- 
er or the alcoholic inebriate. He is 
a 'dope fiend,' to use a common but 
rather repulsive phrase, an addict, 
and often requires the same restric- 
tive measures to secure reclamation 
as does the confirmed alcoholic or 
opium addict." Dr. C. J. Mayo said: 
"Cancer of the lip and tongue is in- 
creasing as the habit of smoking is 
increasing in both sexes." 

Perhaps some of you remember 
Gene Tunney's article in the De- 
cember 1941 issue of Reader's Di- 
gest. It is entitled, "The Nicotine 
Knockout, or the Slow Count." I 
want to quote a paragraph from that 
article. "No one has ever denied that 
nicotine is poison. Taken clear, it is 
as quick-acting and fatal as prussic 
acid. A drop of it on a shaved rabbit 
causes immediate convulsions and 
death. The nicotine dissolved out of 
a few cigarettes and placed on the 
tongue of a grown man would kill 
him in 15 minutes. Luckily the bulk 
of the nicotine in tobacco is volatil- 
ized in smoke; you do not get the 
poison straight. But if you smoke a 
pack a day, you inhale 400 milli- 



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Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Albany, Oreg. 



grams of it a week. That much in a 
single dose would kill you as quick 
as a bullet." 

I have another article in my files 
entitled, "Cancer by the Carton." In 
this article Dr. Alton Ochsner, for- 
mer president of the American Can- 
cer Society and director of the 
famous Ochsner Clinic in New Or- 
leans, is quoted as saying: "It is 
frightening to speculate on the pos- 
sible number of bronchogenic can- 
cers that might develop as the 
result of the tremendous number of 
cigarettes consumed in the two dec- 
ades from 1930 to 1950." It is also 
stated in this same article that from 
1938 to 1948, lung-cancer deaths in- 
creased 144 percent. At the present 
time, cancer of the mouth and res- 
piratory tract kills 19,000 men and 
5,000 women annually in the United 
States. That's nearly three dying 
every hour of every day of the year 
from cancers caused by what noted 
doctors call excessive and prolonged 
use of tobacco, especially cigarettes. 

Last year Americans spent $4,703,- 
000,000 for tobacco products. That is 
twice as much as the salaries of all 
public-school teachers. If you are a 
professing Christian, how can you 
justify yourself in such a habit? 

Second: Now we shall turn to an- 
other Scripture that will help us to 
define sin. In Romans 14:22-23 we 
read: "Hast thou faith? have it to 
thyself before God. Happy is he that 
condemneth not himself in that thing 
which he alloweth. And he that 
doubteth is damned if he eat, be- 
cause he eateth not of faith: for 
whatsoever is not of faith is sin." 

To make this more clear, let me 
ask you this question. Why is it that 
those who profess to be Christians 
seek to hide their cigarettes from 
godly people? Could it be that their 
consciences condemn them, and they 
feel their guilt? I am glad that some 
people still have active consciences 
that preach to them about their sins. 

Third: Another Scripture that will 
help to define sin is the one in James 
4:17, where we read: "Therefore to 
him that knoweth to do good, and 
doeth it not, to him it is sin." So far 
in my lifetime I have found very few 
tobacco users who considered their 
habit to be good. Most users will 



admit readily that the habit is bad 
for various reasons. And they will 
agree that it would be good to quit. 
"Therefore to him that knoweth to 
do good, and doeth it not, to him it 
is sin." 

WHY THIS SIN SHOULD NOT BE 
PRACTICED BY BELIEVERS 
Thus far I have given three Scrip- 
tures for the purpose of defining sin 
and helping us to know what sin is. 
Now I want to employ three more 
Scriptures to show the results and 
effects in the lives of believers. 

First: "Know ye not that ye are 
the temple of God, and that the 
Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If 
any man defile the temple of God, 
him shall God destroy; for the tem- 
ple of God is holy, which temple ye 
are" (I Cor. 3:16-17). "What? know 
ye not that your body is the temple 
of the Holy Ghost which is in you, 
which ye have of God, and ye are 
not your own? For ye are bought 
with a price: therefore glorify God 
in your body, and in your spirit, 
which are God's" (I Cor.' 6:19-20). 

These Scriptures apply wholly to 
Christians. Who said buildings of 
wood, brick, mortar, and stone are 
God's temples or houses? God does 
not dwell in temples made with 
hands. God's dwelling place in this 
age on the earth is in the bodies of 
His blood-bought children who make 
up Christ's true church. Now follow 
me, please. I do not know of one 
single born-again Christian who will 
walk into a church auditorium on a 
Sunday morning and sit in the pew 
and smoke his tobacco. That would 
be considered a horrible disgrace to 
what we call God's house. And yet 
there are those who profess faith in 
Christ who will defile their bodies 
with tobacco and thus desecrate the 
real temple of God the Holy Spirit. 
There is a solemn warning that goes 
with this. Let us read it again. "If 
any man defile the temple of God. 
him shall God destroy; for the tem- 
ple of God is holy, which temple ye 
are." 

Here is the positive answer: "I 
beseech you therefore, brethren, by 
the mercies of God, that ye present 
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, 
acceptable unto God, which is your 
reasonable service. And be not con- 



formed to this world: but be ye 
transformed by the renewing of 
your mind, that ye may prove what 
is that good, and acceptable, and 
perfect will of God" (Rom. 12:1-2). 

Second: The use of tobacco pre- 
sents a poor testimony for the Lord 
Jesus Christ and His saving Gospel. 
"But take heed lest by any means 
this liberty of your's become a stum- 
bling-block to them that are weak" 
(I Cor. 8:9). "Be ye therefore fol- 
lowers of God, as dear children" 
(Eph. 5:1). Tobacco is a worldly 
thing. It is a common habit among 
those who do not profess godliness. 
I have talked to lost sinners con- 
cerning their soul's salvation who 
have told me that they wanted first 
to make sure that their tobacco habit 
is gone when they make that deci- 
sion. Reformation cannot save a soul, 
but often I have wished that some 
believers had that much conviction 
about the sinfulness of the habit. 
One of the hardest things in the 
ministry of a pastor is to have lost 
souls point their fingers at such in- 
consistencies in the lives of the mem- 
bers of his church. 

Third: Here is the last Scripture I 
want to bring to bear upon this habit 
in the lives of Christians. Look at it: 
"Beloved, now are we the sons of 
God, and it doth not yet appear what 
we shall be: but we know that, when 
he shall appear, we shall be like 
him; for we shall see him as he is. 
[Now notice.] And every man that 
hath this hope in him purifieth him- 
self, even as he is pure" (I John 
3:2-3). 

Christian, would your Saviour, the 
Lord Jesus Christ, be enslaved with 
such a habit? Would you consider it 
impure for the righteous Son of God 
to smoke or chew tobacco? He is 
coming one of these days, and you, 
as a believer, know it. You hold to 
that blessed doctrine of His second 
coming for His church. But let me 
ask you. Does the doctrine of His 
coming hold you, and purify you, 
even as He is pure? If you are 
ashamed to smoke in the presence of 
the preacher, or in the presence of 
other believers who are living for 
the Lord, then surely you will be 
ashamed in His presence at His 
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THE Book of Psalms is commonly 
referred to as the hymnbook of 
Israel. David, to whom most of the 
psalms are attributed, was inter- 
ested in music, and it is small won- 
der that so much stress was placed 
on singing as far as temple worship 
was concerned. Hebrew itself is re- 
garded as a musical language. Tem- 
ple singing rose to its highest peak 
during the reigns of David and Sol- 
omon when the kingdom of Israel 
was at its very zenith of splendor. 
Antiphonal singing was very popular 
in the temple worship. 

Psalm 50 is one of the second 
group of psalms, comprising Psalm 
42 to 72. This group apparently had 
to do greatly with the expressed de- 
sire of the Hebrews for a right rela- 
tionship with God. Part of the psalms 
in this section are regarded as psalms 
of the Exile. God has a controversy 
with His people because of their 
spiritual laxity and unconcern. 

This psalm before us has three 
main sections. Section I, verses 1-6. 
has to do with God's judgment of His 
people; Section II, verses 7-15, pre- 
sents God's case against His people; 
and Section III, verses 16-23, shows 
God's estimate of hypocrites and 
formalists who say one thing and do 
another. The tenor of this psalm re- 
minds us of the words of the Prophet 
Samuel as recorded in I Samuel 15; 
22: "And Samuel said. Hath the 
Lord as great delight in burnt offer- 
ings and sacrifices, as in obeying the 
voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is 
better than sacrifice, and to hearken 
than the fat of rams." 

In the first section of this psalm 
we see God coming in judgment. He 
is referred to as "The mighty God." 
So much of the Old Testament refers 
to God as the God of might and 
power. People needed to be im- 
pressed with the fact that God was 
a great God and that He did not 
merely overlook sin, even in His so- 
called chosen people. When we think 
of God, we cannot but think of His 
holiness (Isa. 6:1-6). His holiness 
and His might are closely inter- 
related. So God is not going to keep 
silence about the problem of sin. So 
determined is He to deal with this 
situation that He calls heaven and 
earth to witness this judgment 
against His people. Heaven and earth 
are not to be judged — they are to 
witness His controversy with His 
people. We notice that God here 
deals with His saints — those who 
have sealed His covenant by sacri- 
fice as He required. It is clearly in- 



dicated here that God is not desirous 
of rejecting the external things of 
worship, but He is interested in fix- 
ing in the minds and hearts of His 
people the futility of the external 
without the inward reality of spir- 
itual desire for the eternal God. 

The second section of this psalm 
could well be summed up in the 
principle set forth in the words of 
Christ when He said: "Woe unto 
you, scribes and Pharisees, hypo- 
crites! for ye pay tithes of mint and 
anise and cummin, and have omitted 
the weightier matters of the law, 
judgment, mercy and faith: these 
ought ye to have done, and not to 
leave the other undone" (Matt. 23: 
23). Here in this psalm before us, as 
in the time of Christ's earthly min- 
istry, we see the great corruption of 
religion; namely, the reliance upon 
the external worship and the neglect 
of the emotions of thankfulness and 
trust. Isaiah saw the same factor at 
work among God's people when God 
had him record: "Wherefore the 
Lord said. Forasmuch as this people 
[Israel] draw near me with their 
mouth, and with their lips do honour 
me, but have removed their heart 
from me, and their fear toward me is 
taught by the precept of men" (Isa. 




own people that He does not need 
what they could offer Him. Even if 
He were hungry, He would not let 
them know. After all, what they sac- 
rifice to Him belonged to Him in the 
first place. God was not interested in 
the flesh of bulls and the blood of 
goats as such, but He was interested 
in having His people come before 
Him in worship with a continual 
flow of thanksgiving and praise from 
their hearts unto Him. Their recog- 
nition of their need of Him in their 
day of trouble brought forth His 
promise that "I will deliver thee, 
and thou shalt glorify me" (vs. 15b). 
Paul's experience with his "thorn in 
the flesh" caused him to say: "And 
he said unto me. My grace is suffi- 
cient for thee: for my strength is 
made perfect in weakness. Most 
gladly therefore will I rather glory 
in my infirmities, that the power of 
Christ may rest upon me" (II Cor. 
12:9). 

The third section of this psalm 
(vss. 16-22) deals sternly with those 
who have nothing whatever to do 
with the Lord. There are those who 
worship God as a convenience, for 
earthly and material reasons, but 
God says: "Thou hatest instruction, 
and castest my words behind thee" 
(vs. 17). God's patience and mercy 
are expressed in verse 21a when He 
says: "These things hast thou done, 
and I kept silence." God's patient 
tolerance is meant to lead men to 
repentance, but oftentimes men be- 
come hardened and abuse God's 
mercy. They presume that God's un- 
willingness to smite in judgment 
means that God will not punish sin. 
Men forget that "the Lord is not 
slack concerning his promise, as 
some men count slackness; but is 
longsuffering to us-ward, not willing 
that any should perish, but -that all 
should come to repentance" (II Pet. 
3:9). Paul reminds us in Romans 1: 
20-32 that God gave men over to 

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29:13). Again, in Isaiah 1:2-3, we 
read: "Hear, O heavens, and give 
ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spo- 
ken, I have nourished and brought 
up children, and they have rebelled 
against me. The ox knoweth his 
owner, and the ass his master's crib: 
but Israel doth not know, my people 
doth not consider." 

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WHAT DID THE SCAPEGOAT DO? 

SCAPEGOAT 

By John Rea 

GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 
Winona Lake, Indiana 



WE HAVE all used the term 
"scapegoat" to refer to an in- 
nocent person bearing the blame for 
someone else. Do you realize that 
this term originated in the Bible? 
Probably you already knew that it 
appears in connection with the ritual 
of the Day of Atonement in Levit- 
icus 16. But did you realize how 
much error has arisen concerning 
the purpose of the original scape- 
goat? 

The substitutionary death of the 
Lord Jesus Christ is the most impor- 
tant fact in history. If any portion of 
Scripture concerning the death of 
our Saviour is falsely explained, an 
arrow has been shot into the very 
vitals of the Christian faith. It is 
essential, therefore, that the Chris- 
tian understand the various sacri- 
fices made during the Day of 
Atonement in which the death of 
Christ is so fully typified. 

Before Christ came to make the 
final and perfect sacrifice for sin, 
God instituted through Moses a tem- 
porary method of sacrifice whereby 
sin might be covered. Animals were 
offered as substitutes for the guilty- 
people of the nation of Israel. The 
blood of these innocent beasts, sig- 
nifying their life poured out in the 
stead of the guilty humans, was ac- 
cepted by God as the basis upon 
which His justice was satisfied so 
that He might show mercy in grant- 
ing forgiveness of sins. 

Of all the ceremonies in the Mo- 
saic calendar, that of the Day of 
Atonement stands out in clear relief 
as the one of prime spiritual impor- 
tance. Leviticus 16 furnishes the 
background for the high-priestly 
ministry of Christ as set forth in the 
Epistle to the Hebrews. 

The Ritual of Atonement 

The ritual of the annual Day of 
Atonement was unique. On this day 
alone of all days in the year the high 



priest was permitted to enter the 
holy of holies in the tabernacle. On 
this day all sin was covered through 
the sacrifices offered by the high 
priest himself, from the sins of 
Aaron and his family and the cere- 
monial defilement of the temple, 
down to the iniquities of the weak- 
est child of the congregation. 

For the high priest the Day of 
Atonement was crushing and ex- 
hausting. Upon him personally lay 
the entire responsibility of present- 
ing the case of Israel before the 
Lord. At all other times he was as- 
sisted by other priests. On this day 
he alone had to perform all of the 
arduous services, including the reg- 
ular daily and Sabbath sacrifices. 
Altogether he personally killed and 
offered 15 to 17 animals that day. 
How clearly this foretells the lonely 
work of our great High Priest on 
our behalf! 

In the special ritual of the Day of 
Atonement Aaron, dressed only in 
the holy linen garments, first select- 
ed a young bullock for a sin offering 
and a ram for a burnt offering for 
himself and the priestly house. Then 
he took the two he-goats furnished 
by the congregation of Israel. These 
were graceful, clean animals, highly 
valued by the Jews. They both had 
to be exactly alike — without blem- 
ish, kids of the first year, bought at 
the same time — for they together 
formed one sin offering. After set- 
ting the goats before the Lord. 
Aaron cast lots upon them. 

Next, he killed the bullock, his 
own sin offering. Taking a censer 
and sweet incense, for the first time 
he entered within the veil to sprin- 
kle the blood of the bullock upon the 
mercy seat. Then he came out, sac- 
rificed the goat designated for the 
Lord, and took its blood into the 
holy of holies to make atonement for 
all the sins of the people. After 
atoning for the holy place, the entire 



tabernacle, and the brazen altar. 
Aaron presented the live goat. Lay- 
ing both his hands upon its head, he 
confessed upon the goat all the guilt 
of Israel. He sent it into the wilder- 
ness, the goat being led away by an 
appointed man waiting outside. At 
last the high priest could retire into 
the holy place, put off his linen gar- 
ments of humiliation, bathe himself, 
put on his gorgeous apparel, and 
come forth in victory before the 
people. 

Some other sacrifices followed, but 
the ceremony centered about the 
offering of the two goats. The one 
goat designated by lot for the Lord 
and killed by Aaron was definitely a 
sin offering for the people. It is nec- 
essary, however, to investigate a 
problem connected with the so- 
called scapegoat. 

What Is Azazel? 

In the King James Version in Le- 
viticus 16 the word "scapegoat" ap- 
pears four times — in verses 8. 10 
(twice), and 26. We all recognize 
that no translation into English is 
ever inspired by the Holy Spirit. 
With regard to this word we have an 
instance of a poor rendition by the 
translators in 1611. Revisers in 1901 
merely transliterated the original 
Hebrew by the phrase "for Azazel." 

Thus verses 8-10 in the American 
Standard Version read as follows: 
"And Aaron shall cast lots upon the 
two goats; one lot for Jehovah, and 
the other lot for Azazel. And Aaron 
shall present the goat upon which 
the lot fell for Jehovah, and offer 
him for a sin-offering. But the goat, 
on which the lot fell for Azazel, shall 
be set alive before Jehovah, to make 
atonement for him, to send him away 
for Azazel into the wilderness. 

Who or what is Azazel? At least 
four distinct answers have been 
given. One interpretation is that Az- 
azel is the name of the place to 



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which the live goat was sent. A sec- 
ond is that Azazel is the name of the 
second goat. A third widely held 
view is that Azazel is the name of a 
■demon or of Satan himself. The 
fourth interpretation, which seems 
to be the correct one, is that Azazel 
is an abstract noun meaning "com- 
plete removal." The ASV marginal 
reading offers "removal" as a trans- 
lation of the word "Azazel." 

Is It Satan? 

A detailed study of the passage 
shows certain obvious objections to 
the first two views. The third inter- 
pretation does seem fantastic to the 
orthodox Bible student. Neverthe- 
less, some reputable scholars, such 
as Keil, Lange, and A. H. Strong, 
have maintained that Azazel is the 
name of a personal being who is 
here contrasted with Jehovah. Usu- 
ally such men believe that it is 
Satan, the author of sin, to whom 
the live goat is carrying back the 
forgiven sins of God's chosen people. 
The aim of this ceremony, they say, 
is to defy Satan, to announce to the 
Accuser that the foundation of his 
power over Israel is taken away. 

Satan, however, is never men- 
tioned elsewhere in the Pentateuch. 
Such an allusion to the Devil in this 
ceremony would be entirely too 
vague to have any meaning for the 
Israelites. Leviticus 17:7 expressly 
forbids any further sacrifice to de- 
mons, one of the idolatrous practices 
learned by the Israelites in Egypt. 
Furthermore, the New Testament 
offers absolutely no such teaching 
concerning Satan which could in any 
way be construed as a fulfillment of 
the typology of the two goats in 
Leviticus 16. 

Heresy! 

A glaring heresy is based on this 
way of construing the ritual of the 
Day of Atonement. The Seventh Day 
Adventists teach that Azazel is a 
name for Satan. But they also very 
plainly say that the Devil, not 
Christ, is symbolized by the second 
goat, and that the Devil will some- 
day bear all the sins of the truly 
penitent. In her book, "The Great 
Controversy Between Christ and 
Satan." Mrs. Ellen G. White, the 
leader and prophetess of the SDA 
movement, wrote that Satan will 
bear the guilt of all the sins which 
he has caused God's people to com- 
mit. How horrifying her doctrine — 
based only on a wrong interpretation 
of Leviticus 16 — is to true believers 



who hold to the all-sufficient sacri- 
fice of Christ our Saviour at Cal- 
vary! It is all-important, then, to 
understand the truth about the pur- 
pose of the live goat in that chapter. 

The True Meaning of Azazel 

Since the Hebrew word for Azazel 
occurs only in this chapter, no help 
on the meaning of this word can be 
obtained from any other portion of 
Scripture. Linguistic scholars have 
noted a similar word in Arabic, a 
verb which means "to remove." The 
most logical explanation of the He- 
brew word is that it is an abstract 
noun derived from an intensive form 
of the verb "to remove." Thus the 
word means entire or complete re- 
moval. In the context it refers to the 
entire removal of the sin and guilt 
of the people from the tabernacle 
into the desert on the back of the 
second goat. 

Verses 20-22 show that after the 
completion of the covering of the 
sins ceremonially by the blood of 
the slain goat, Aaron confessed over 
the live goat all the iniquities of the 
children of Israel, and all their 
transgressions, even all their sins. 
He put this awful load upon the 
goat and sent it away into the des- 
olate wilderness. The first goat had 
wrought full atonement for the peo- 
ple; the part the second goat had to 
do was simply bear out of sight all 
their sins as matters about which 
the justice of God had been satisfied. 
What took place with the live goat 
was merely intended to make evi- 
dent the effect of the great work of 
atonement. The fate of the scapegoat 
with their sins was utterly unknown 
to the children of Israel. Thus this 
goat exhibited a most striking image 
of the everlasting oblivion into which 
the sins of God's people are cast 
after they have been covered with 
the blood of an acceptable sacrifice. 
The ceremony illustrates the grand 
truth of full atonement; the unique 
feature of the second goat teaches 
the complete removal of sins. The 
reason for making use of two goats 
is to be found solely in the physical 
impossibility of combining in one 
single animal all the features that 
had to be displayed in the sin offer- 
ing. 

The Old Testament frequently 
brings out the fact that forgiven sins 
are removed and forgotten by God. 
"As far as the east is from the west, 
so far hath he removed our trans- 
gressions from us" (Ps. 103:12). "I 
am he that blotteth out thy trans- 



gressions for mine own sake; and I 
will not remember thy sins" (Isa. 
43:25; cf. 38:17; Jer. 31:34; 50:20; 
Micah 7:19). The doctrine of Christ 
as the Sinbearer is foreseen in that 
great evangelical chapter of the Old 
Testament, Isaiah 53. "Surely he 
hath borne our griefs. . . . He poured 
out his soul unto death, and was 
numbered with the transgressors; 
yet he bore the sin of many" (vss. 4, 
12). The verb "to bear" is the same 
as in Leviticus 16:22, and means to 
lift up, to bear away. 

The Antitype 

At last in the New Testament is 
met the One who came to give His 
life a ransom for many, to whom all 
the sacrificial types pointed. The 
Lord Jesus Christ is the Lamb of 
God which taketh away the sin of 
the world (John 1:29). He is the 
great High Priest of the Book of 
Hebrews, the counterpart of Leviti- 
cus, who was manifested once to put 
away sin by the sacrifice of himself 
(Heb. 9:26). The truth of sins being 
dealt with in full and judicially re- 
moved and destroyed by Christ 
should lead the Christian to personal 
holiness in living, as well as give 
him assurance and blessed rest in 
the Lord's perfect work of atone- 
ment. 



WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE? 

(Continued From Page 74) 

reprobate minds to do all manner of 
evil because they would not let Him 
have His way in their lives and 
thinking. 

All this sums up God's position in 
the matter of unrighteousness and 
sin by the next to the last verse of 
this psalm. Note it carefully: "Now 
consider this, ye that forget God, lest 
I tear you in pieces and there be 
none to deliver" (vs. 22). The closing 
verse is a majestic expression of the 
sovereign grace of our eternal God: 
"Whoso offereth praise glorifieth 
me: and to him that ordereth his 
conversation [manner of life in the 
N. T.] aright will I show the salva- 
tion of God" (vs. 23). 

Beloved, we live in the 20th cen- 
tury. But the same God could say to 
us: "Do not rely on the mere ex- 
ternals of worship, or a watered- 
down version of the Gospel. My 
heart still longs for thanksgiving and 
praise from hearts that are filled to 
overflowing as a result of the abid- 
ing presence of the Lord Jesus 
Christ." 



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GERMANY CALLS 



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What has happened to the land 
which once took to its heart Martin 
Luther and his new doctrines, the 
land which fostered spiritual revolu- 
tion when it was but an infant cry- 
ing out for the unveiling of the 
Truth? What has happened to the 
land in which the Brethren Church 
was born? Is Germany today the 
scene of widespread revival; are its 
many churches filled with Spirit- 
empowered messengers expounding 
the Word in the manner of Luther, 
John Calvin, and other early Refor- 
mation leaders? 

The once proud land of Germany 
is dead in her trespasses and sins. 
Even her churches, which at one 
time were the center of Protestant 
theology, are now deeply infested 
with the seeds of modernism and 
formalism. Her people are religious; 
they attend church by the thou- 
sands, both young and old, only to 
turn away from each service still 
hungering and thirsting for some- 
thing to satisfy their souls. 

Each morning one can see hun- 
dreds of old ladies dressed in black, 
their faces drawn taut by worry and 
care, hurrying to the church to pray 
to various favorite saints, only to re- 
turn again with the anxiety of their 
souls still with them and their hearts 
a little harder and colder than be- 
fore. In many places the situation is 
so pathetic that even the Protestant 
churches are retreating to Roman- 
ism. Some German Lutheran Church 
leaders have stated that there is 
much sentiment among them to lead 
their people back into the out- 
stretched arms of the Pope. 

Of course there are a few who 
know the truth, for here and there 
one finds an organization such as 
Youth for Christ, or a lone mission- 
ary, and in a few cases a German 
church, where there is orthodox 
preaching and teaching. It has been 
my privilege to meet several of these 
saints of God, but they are few and 
far between, and their combined ef- 
forts can reach only a very small 
number of the countless who are 
dying here in Germany with no 
hope for eternity. 

I think my heart is burdened most 
for the German young people. This 
new generation in Germany knew 



By HAROLD HENDERSON 
U. S. Air Force 



not the strife and conflict of World 
War II. They are being raised under 
the abnormal surroundings of Allied 
occupation, and all its complexities 
of life. There are a few of these 
young people who know Christ per- 
sonally, but the greater number are 
roaming the streets of every big city 
in Germany, from Berlin to Frank- 
fort, defiling their young bodies with 
the vilest of sins known to man. In 
essence, these new German youth 
are a combination of the "Hitler 
Youth," willing to follow any com- 
mand of leader, and of the typical 
American hoodlum off the streets of 
New York or Chicago. 

The picture for Germany is a 
grave one; we have no promise that 
Germany will be open to the Gospel 
for many more years. They stand 
almost unprotected beside the ever- 




increasing circle of the Iron Curtain 
and atheistic communism. It will 
probably be only a few years before 
we are gone from Europe and these 
next few years may be our last 
chance to tell these people of the 
saving grace of Jesus Christ and to 
build up German Christians in the 
faith in order that they will be will- 
ing to testify for Him when we are 
gone. 

You have a part in the winning of 
Germany for Christ. You can pray 
for her people and for us who are 
already here in the armed services 
who are giving out the Word of Life. 
Please remember us and the spirit- 
ual need of these people. 



BRETHREN SUNDAY SCHOOL CONTEST RESULTS— DECEMBER 1954 



Pet. 

DIVISION A 1953 Dec. Inc. 

1. Denver. Colo 42 109 159 

2. Cheyenne. Wyo 26 51 96 

3. Wheaton, 111 28 48 71 

4. Mansfield, Ohio, 2d 36 55 53 

5. Fillmore, Calif 38 50 32 

6. Garwin, Iowa 45 58 29 

7. Danville. Ohio 36 42 17 

DIVISION B 

1. Phoenix, Ariz 76 152 100 

2. Washington Heights, Va. 60 115 92 

3. York, Pa 53 81 60 

4. Elkhart, Ind 71 111 56 

5. Limestone. Tenn 77 117 52 

6. Findlay, Ohio 60 90 50 

7. Patterson Park 60 89 48 

8. Camden, Ohio 70 99 41 

9. Radford, Va 92 126 37 

10. West Alexandria. Ohio.. 79 106 34 

11. Aleppo, Pa 67 93 28 

12. Chico. Calif 81 102 26 

13. Beaver City. Nebr 50 59 18 

14. Leesburg. Ind 90 101 12 

15. Cedar Eapids, Iowa 64 71 11 

16. Albany, Oreg 83 91 10 

17. Yellow Creek. Pa 67 67 

18. Troy, Ohio 54 50 

19. Homerville, Ohio 62 57 

20. Spokane, Wash 93 78 

DIVISION C 

1. Norwalk, Calif 98 134 37 

2. Conemaugh, Pa 106 134 26.4 

3. Listie. Pa 137 166 21 

4. Temple City. Calif 112 134 20 

5. Jenners, Pa 109 130 19 

6. Clayton. Ohio 121 139 15 

7. Meyersdale, Pa 109 125 14.6 

8. Modesto, Calif., La Loma 130 149 14.6 

9. Altoona. Pa., Grace .... 124 138 11.3 

10. Harrah. Wash 146 162 10.9 

11. Berne. Ind 127 128 .9 

12. Glendale. Calif 143 136 

13. Altoona, Pa., First Ill 105 

DIVISION N— NEW 

1. Englewood. Ohio 146 

2. Navaho Mission 35 



DIVISION D 1953 Dec. 

1. Martinsburg. W. Va 154 204 

2. Kittanning, Pa 230 271 

3. Inglewood, Calif 284 334 

4. Rittman, Ohio 168 195 

5. Wooster. Ohio 216 248 

6. Winona Lake. Ind 188 214 

7. Cherry Valley. Calif. ... 152 171 

8. Buena Vista, Va 238 266 

9. Waynesboro, Pa 272 303 

10. Martinsburg, Pa 215 249 

11. Fremont, Ohio 225 249 

12. Winchester. Va 197 217 

13. Leamersville. Pa 173 188 

14. Akron. Ohio 283 307 

15. Artesia. Calif 160 166 

16. Covington. Va 195 183 

17. Roanoke. Va., Ghent ... 238 226 

18. Uniontown, Pa 206 194 

DIVISION E 

1. Ashland. Ohio 332 391 

2. Hagerstown. Md 387 419 

3. Johnstown, Pa 322 337 

DIVISION F 

1. North Long Beach. Calif. 827 933 

Late Reports as Follows 

DIVISION A 

Seattle, Wash 33 47 

DIVISION B 

Ankenytown, Ohio 72 85 

Johnstown. Pa.. Riverside . . 82 95 

Everett, Pa 76 118 

DIVISION C 

Middlebranch, Ohio 106 107 

DIVISION D 

Whittier, Calif.. Community 267 340 

Osceola. Ind 184 216 

Canton. Ohio 195 270 

Compton. Calif 245 188 

Washington. D. C 220 219 



Pet. 
Inc. 

32 

17.8 

17.6 

16 

14.8 

13.7 

12.5 

11.8 

11.4 

11.1 

10.6 

10.1 

8.6 

8.4 

3.7 



17.7 
8.2 
4.5 



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43 



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13 
55 



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32 
38 



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77 



The second coming of Christ is 
usually understood to include the 
periods known as the rapture of the 
church, the tribulation, and the re- 
turn of the Lord Jesus to earth to 
reign as a mighty king during the 
Millennium. The church should un- 
derstand the relationship of Israel to 
this period. In the past the church 
has appropriated for herself most of 
the promises concerning the end 
time, which promises were specifi- 
cally made to Israel. In other words, 
the church has taken the promised 
blessings of the Old Testament for 
herself. She has, of course, left the 
curses of the Old Testament for the 
Jewish people. 

The Bible I am using gives proof 
of this fact. Isaiah, chapter 59, is 
captioned, "The Sins of the Jews." 
Isaiah, chapter 60. is captioned, "The 
Glory of the Church." These cap- 
tions were inserted by churchmen of 
old. This should not have been done. 
Both of these chapters speak of Is- 
rael and things in relation to Israel. 
To appropriate either chapter for the 
church is a misrepresentation. 

The Word of God teaches many 
things concerning Israel's relation- 
ship to the second coming oi the 
Messiah. To me the most important 
teachings are — 

The Restoration of Israel 

In our day we are witnessing the 
restoration of Israel to their own 
land (Isa. 14:1-3: Jer. 16:14-15). 



True, it is not yet a complete res- 
toration — but it is a beginning. For 
almost 2,000 years Israel has been 
out of the land. Up to this present 
time she had no hope of gaining the 
land. Now once more Israel is going 
into the land to possess it. As yet the 
Jewish people do not realize how 
they are gaining this land, nor do 
they realize the purpose in their re- 
turn. They do recognize that an 
unusual movement is taking place 
within their people, and it is seldom 
that you can find a Jew that is not 
impressed and stirred by that knowl- 
edge. 

Israel Seeking After God 

We who love the Messiah Jesus 
know the zeal of the Lord is causing 
this successful return. We under- 
stand the purpose of that return. 
This knowledge should deeply im- 
press us. The zeal of that same Lord 
should be evident in our desire to 
witness for him. 

The Christian observer is also 
conscious that Jewish people are be- 
ginning to return to, and seek after, 
God and those things pertaining to 
Him (Hos. 3:5). In our day we have 
seen the Jewish people become more 
and more open to the testimony of 
the Christian believer. They will 
accept tracts, New Testaments, and 
other literature with far greater ease 
than in the centuries past. And this 
spiritual stirring is leading to the 
salvation of many Jewish souls. 



CHRIST'S COMING- 

AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO 

ISRAEL 




By BRUCE L. BUTTON 
Los Angeles, Calif. 



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We who love the Messiah Jesus 
should rejoice that we're able to see 
this movement begin. And this 
knowledge should send us back to a 
deeper study of the Word of God 
that we might be able to rightly 
divide the Word of truth (II Tim. 
2:15) when we give our Jewish 
friends the reason for the hope that 
is in us (I Pet. 3:15). 

Israel Humiliated by Rejection 

True, what we are seeing is but 
the beginning of a movement of 
Jewish people toward acceptance of 
Jesus as Messiah; there will come a 
time when the whole nation will 
stand in humiliation before their re- 
jected Messiah (Zech. 12:10). At that 
time, as a nation, Israel shall be 
converted, shall be reborn, shall ac- 
cept Jesus as their Messiah and 
mighty King. And how deep will be 
the mourning of this people when 
they realize the magnitude of their 
lost opportunities. They will look on 
that pierced One and lament not 
only of their handling of Him at 
Calvary, but they will also lament 
for the work of love they could have 
done for Him had they but placed 
their lives in His blessed hands. 

When we who love the Messiah 
Jesus see Him at the rapture — shall 
we mourn? Will we be conscious of 
personal failure also. We need not 
be. But we must see "what is that 
good, and acceptable, and perfect 
will of God" (Rom. 12:2) for our 
lives at this present time. 

Israel to Become Missionaries 

Even though the nation of Israel 
will mourn in humiliation before the 
Lord, nevertheless they shall also 
later rejoice, for they will play the 
role of great missionaries for their 
Messiah (Zech. 8:13-23). They will 
speak the words of life. And "ten 
men shall take hold out of all lan- 
guages of the nations, even shall 
take hold of the skirt of him that is 
a Jew, saying. We will go with you: 
for we have heard that God is with 
you" (Zech. 8:23). 

In the light of this, we who love 
the Messiah Jesus should rejoice and 
do everything in our power to give 
the Gospel to the Jew of our day. 
Brethren, "for as ye in times past 
have not believed God, yet have now 
obtained mercy through their [Is- 
rael's] unbelief: even so have these 
also now not believed, that through 
your mercy they [Israel] also may 
obtain mercy" (Rom. 11:30-31). 



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(NEWS 

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CHURCHES 




Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) 



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Pictured above are a few of the 
parents with their babies on a re- 
cent Sunday at the North Riverdale 
Brethren Church. This was taken on 
"picture-takin' day," when Russell 
Ward, pastor, took pictures of each 
family for the church baby book. 
With all the activity it was possible 
to get "action" to stop long enough 
to snap this picture. 

Portis, Kans. 

One hundred and ten persons at- 
tended the New Year's Eve banquet 
conducted in the First Brethren 
Church. Pastor and Mrs. Dayton 
Cundiff, from Beaver City, Nebr., 
were with us. Most of those present 
were high-school and college age, 
except for the drivers of the cars 
which brought the young people 
from the churches of the district. 
Two persons confessed Christ as 
Saviour and 25 rededicated their 
lives to Christ. The presence of the 
Holy Spirit was very evident. — Ray- 
mond Kettell, pastor. 



January 29, 1955 



in iWemnrtam 

MRS. LUTIE KOONTZ, mother of 
H. W. Koontz, pastor of the Winona 
Lake (Ind.) Brethren Church, went 
to be with the Lord on Dec. 13. Fu- 
neral services were held at Waynes- 
boro, Pa., on Dec. 15. 

JOHN H. FORNWALT. 76, de- 
parted from this life suddenly at his 
home on Jan. 10. Memorial service 
was conducted at the First Brethren 
Church, Altoona, Pa. — Donald Ross- 
man, Pastor, North Buffalo Brethren 
Church, Kittanning, Pa. 

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(Home Mission Workshop, Feb. 22-24) 

FRIDAY, FEB. 25— First Brethren Church, Inglewood, Calif. 

SUNDAY, FEB. 27 (a. m.)— Temple City Brethren Church, Temple City, Calif, 
(p. m.) — First Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

TUESDAY. MAR. 1— First Brethren Church, Fillmore, Calif. 

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 2— First Brethren Church, Compton, Calif. 

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WEDNESDAY, MAR. 9— Community Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

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Help Brethren Foreign Missions Preach Jesus Christ, 
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This Foreign -Mission Business 



Preaching and teaching the Gospel is the greatest 
business in all the world. Dividends are payable to the 
preacher and to the hearer. Our foreign-mission pro- 
gram offers unlimited opportunity for such dividends. 

There Are Challenging Prospects 

The Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church has set its hands to the greatest program of 
evangelization and expansion in its history. "Its hands," 
yes, but we are reminded that you who read and re- 
spond in this great business are our foreign-mission 
hands. In our SIX fields— Africa, Argentina, Brazil, 
France, Hawaii, and Mexico — we now have 89 mission- 
aries, almost 1.000 native and national workers, some 
20.000 members of our Brethren churches in foreign 
lands, and great hosts of people who regularly are hear- 
ing the message of the Word of God. 

In these SIX fields where some 20,000 people give 
evidence of being born-again believers there are be- 
tween 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 people within our reach, 
but unreached. Why unreached? Certainly it is not the 
fault of those worthy missionaries who are giving their 
lives in these dark lands. There is only one reason they 
are unreached — we have too few missionaries and too 
little equipment and supplies. Just to fill the acute emer- 
gency needs in our fields between 12 and 20 additional 
missionaries should sail for foreign fields during 1955. 
We do not have sufficient available volunteers whom 
our board might feel led to appoint to this great work. 
Our greatest need is for missionary pastors. We will be 
needing teachers, doctors, nurses — but just now our 
greatest need in all fields is for missionary pastors. 

Success Is Our Problem 

We have mentioned this several times recently and 
have possibly been misunderstood. I am not boasting; I 
am stating a cold fact. Our appeal is not made on the 
basis that we are failing in any of our six fields. We are 
not pleading for more missionaries and more dollars to 
support them in order to bolster up a crumbling mis- 
sionary program. Success is actually our problem. One 
success calls for another. Souls saved call for schools 
where those saved souls can be taught. One village or 
city hearing the Gospel makes it incumbent upon us that 
another may hear. The "open doors" in our fields — and 
the doors are wide open for the preaching of the Gospel 
in all of our fields — are like vacuums pulling us in and 
on. We dare not stop. We must have your help in the 
matter of giving the greatest offering ever given to 
foreign missions or it is certain that we will have sinned 
against these wide-open doors of opportunity. 

During the week we received a letter from one of our 
missionaries. He spoke with respect to his own field — a 
field which we will not mention, but I wonder whether 
he may be expressing a great deal of truth relating to 
all fields. I quote from his letters, as follows: "Don't be 
misled that revival has come to . That is just mate- 



rial for magazines and missionary conferences. Brother, 
it is tough here, and getting tougher! I'm sick and tired 
of the emotional and sentimental appeal in missions. 
Let's face the facts as they are! People aren't hungering 
and thirsting after the Gospel. Millions aren't waiting to 
hear the good news. On the contrary, they don't want to 
hear and they want us to go home and leave them alone. 
There are a few chosen ones we are trying to reach and 
we have to hunt to find them. Praise the Lord that He 
knoweth them that are His!" 

It's Expensive Business 

Yes; foreign missions is expensive business. The mis- 
sionaries receive a very, very modest allowance, but 
everything that the missionary has and every tool he 
uses costs terribly. Thousands upon thousands of miles 
of travel, homes, residences, medical bills, education of 
children, buildings, automobiles — all of these cost much. 
Any one item costs at least twice as much as one 
would pay for the same item in the local retail store. 
But someone may say: "Do the missionaries need so 
many things? The early missionaries didn't have them." 
Well, let's take automobiles as an example. Are they 
needed? Permit me to say that a missionary may be 
caring for a territory 200 miles long and 100 miles wide. 
Do you need your automobile here at home? I want to 
bear my testimony that every missionary family needs 
to have an automobile at their disposal much more 
greatly than the vast majority of us need them here 
at home. 

Our missionaries have presented themselves. They 
have cut away from every tie in the homeland. They will 
have no basis of support for themselves and their fam- 
ilies if we fail them. Tools, the kind of tools they need — 
whether Bibles, printing presses, or automobiles — are 
necessary if the missionary is to have his services multi- 
plied many times over. God has never failed! He never 
will! Our missionary-minded Brethren people have 
never yet failed this great missionary family. I trust we 
will never fail them. 

But, It's Economical Business 

According to printed reports from last year, we have 
only a very few less members of Brethren churches in 
foreign lands than here in the United States. A total of 
1,700 were baptized and received into our foreign 
churches last year and 1,400 here at home. FOUR to SIX 
times as many people heard the Gospel in foreign lands 
through our missionaries there as heard through our 
agencies in the United States. Yet last year we spent 
only about $224,000 in our entire foreign-missionary 
program, while our Brethren churches in the homeland, 
not counting gifts to missionary, educational, or benevo- 
lent purposes, spent about $1,400,000. 

I hasten to assure you that I believe the money spent 

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VOLUME 17. NUMBER 6 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 

Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind.. under the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. $2.00 a year; 100-percent churches, $1.50; foreign, $3.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William Schaffer, secretary; Ord Gehman. treasurer; Bryson Fetters, 
member-at-large to Executive Committee; Walter Lepp, S. W. Link, Mark Malles. Robert E. A. Miller, True Hunt, Lyle W. Marvin, Arnold 
R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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Let's Give Generously, 



(Note — This article is used by permission of the Alliance Weekly.) 

The amount of money wasted in religious work each 
year can, of course, never be accurately computed, but 
it must run into millions of dollars in the United States 
alone. 

One of the liabilities of our free Protestant system is 
the absence of effective checks to prevent irresponsible 
persons from launching into any religious venture they 
see fit and appealing to the Christian public to pay their 
bills. The result of this kind of freedom is that racket- 
eering has long ago invaded the field of religion and 
countless numbers of self-anointed prophets are living 
high at the expense of the saints. 

I do not here have in mind the huge amounts of money 
spent to propagate the many false cults that are flour- 
ishing like lush weeds in our rich American soil. I con- 
fine my considerations to that area of religious activity 
which passes for New Testament Christianity. The facts 
indicste that all is not well even there. 

A number of factors have combined in recent years to 
encourage irregularities in the field of religious work 
and to make it possible for disreputable persons to grow 
fat at the expense of the generous Christian public. First 
and most important is the extraordinary financial pros- 
perity which the nation now enjoys. Almost everyone 
these days has plenty of money to donate to religious 
and charitable purposes, and it is not human nature to 
permit such a rich bonanza to lie untouched when it is 
so easy to latch onto large chunks of it by launching 
some religious enterprise and calling upon good people 
to support it. 

Another factor is the amazing speed of transportation 
and communication which modern science has made 
available to all. The printing press, our rapid mail serv- 
ice, the radio, the movie, and the now-popular religious 
drama have made it possible to reach the Christian pub- 
lic with mass appeals for money with complete assur- 
ance that those appeals will bring in handsome amounts 
of the coveted green stuff. Many of these appeals are 
accompanied by bold claims of unusual faith. One gets 
the impression that these valiant warriors are ready to 
step into any arena and do battle with the enemies of the 
Lord with nothing to protect them but the shining shield 
of faith. The blunt fact is that most of these bold adven- 
tures are based upon nothing more spiritual than a 
shrewd knowledge of the proved generosity of God's 
people. 

It is to the everlasting credit of God's children that 
they can be moved to sacrificial giving by a touching 
story or the sight of human suffering. It is only neces- 
sary to fly around the world and return with pictures of 
human misery, and God's dear sheep will promptly go 
down on their hunkers and permit themselves to be 
sheared down to the skin by persons morally unworthy 
to clean out the sheep pen. The tenderhearted saints 
think with their feelings and pour out consecrated 
wealth indiscriminately on projects wholly unworthy of 
their support. Most Christians are hesitant to question 
the honesty of anyone who says complimentary things 
about the Lord and perspires when he preaches. To such 
they give vast amounts of money and never ask for nor 
expect an accounting. This speaks well for their hearts 

February 5, 7955 



BUT 
WISELY 



but does not say too much in favor of their spiritual 
discernment. 

There are three fields especially in which disreputable 
persons work today to extract money from the Christian 
public. They are Jewish work, evangelism, and foreign 
missions. 

All of these are legitimate, even sacred activities, and 
in all of them good and self-sacrificing men are quietly 
doing the work of the Lord, piling up spiritual treasures 
against the day when God shall search the motives of 
all men. These three fields of Christian endeavor deserve 
the constant prayers and the generous support of pray- 
ing saints everywhere. Leaders in these fields, when 
they are honest and legitimate, will not object to exam- 
ination. They will rather insist upon rendering an 
accounting to the generous friends who make possible 
the work they are doing. Their books will be audited 
and then- reports published. They will live modestly and 
tell the public frankly how much they require to support 
themselves and their families. The whole atmosphere 
surrounding their finances will be sweet, clear, and 
transparent. Such and only such are worthy of support. 
All other claimants should be summarily rejected. 

Knowing how sensitive we Americans are about our 
right to decide when and where we shall give and whom 
we shall support, I do not expect my readers to take this 
admonition lying down. I am prepared to be told that I 
am interfering in matters that do not concern me. My 
answer is that I personally know that there are scores 
of godly pastors who privately deplore the exploitation 
of God's people by disreputable persons, but who are too 
timid to say so publicly. Fools rush in where angels fear 
to tread, and if these angels will not speak up to protect 
the saints, then someone less fearful (if less angelic) 
must do so. 

Furthermore, we must all make an accounting to God 
for our disposal of the wealth we enjoy. Giving to fur- 
ther dishonest projects is wasting God's money, and in 
the great day we will tell God why we did it. It will pay 
us to use a lot of prayerful caution before we make our 
gifts. Let us not give less, but let us give more wisely. 
We'll be glad we did some day. — A. W. Tozer. 



FACTS ABOUT FRANCE 

France has well over 40,000,000 people who are in need 
of the message of Christ. There are 37,989 cities, towns, 
and communities said to be without any real gospel tes- 
timony. There are about 7,000,000 practicing Catholics, 
with most French people Catholic in thinking and train- 
ing. There are only about 700,000 nominal Protestants, 
with only a few thousand who seem to understand the 
gospel message. 



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Mexico 
Gains 



a 



Worker 



Miss Dorothy Robinson 



In June of 1954 Miss Dorothy Robinson joined our 
missionary family and is serving with the Haag family 
in the San Ysidro-Tijuana area. She accepted the Lord 
Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour in early childhood 
and from then on, by one means or another, the Lord 
seemed to place before her the spiritual need of Span- 
ish-speaking peoples. 

When Miss Robinson was about 10 years old, the fam- 
ily moved from Long Beach to La Verne, Calif , and La 
Verne has been "home" to her ever since. She is a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church of La Verne, where 
she taught in the Sunday school and aided in DVBS 
work. 

Miss Robinson attended Pomona College and La 
Verne College, receiving her B. A. degree from the lat- 
ter. Following college graduation she took a one-year 



Brother Haag and Miss Robinson, teachers, pictured 
with the students of our Mexican Bible Institute. 




course in the Riverside Library School. For a few years 
one activity succeeded another, but all pointed to mis- 
sionary service for Him. During these years she learned 
to read and speak the Spanish language, mostly through 
self-study. Working in the Mexican church in La Verne 
and later in Tijuana, Mexico, gave her practice in Span- 
ish, as well as opportunities to witness for Christ. 

In May of 1953 Miss Robinson received her Master of 
Religious Education degree from Grace Theological 
Seminary. Her master's thesis, for which she did consid- 
erable research, was on the subject of "The Indigenous 
Church." Again, moving only as the Lord led, she re- 
turned to Grace Seminary in the fall of 1953 for a year 
of graduate study. It was following the close of this 
school year that she became a part of our work in Mex- 
ico. During the summer months of 1954 she went with 
the Haags on an evangelistic trip down the Baja Cali- 
fornia peninsula. She is now teaching in our Mexican 
Bible Institute and expresses her Christian purpose as 
follows: 

"My desire is that the Mexican people should have a 
chance to know Christ as Saviour and Lord of their 
lives. I not only want to bring individuals to know Him, 
but I believe they should be gathered together into local 
bcdies of the church of Jesus Christ which, as a living 
organism, should be fed until able to feed itself; it should 
be encouraged to govern itself, support itself, and propa- 
gate itself. Through the power of God, and the instru- 
mentality of the Mexican people, I do not see why the 
message of redeeming grace should not be spread 
throughout all of Mexico and beyond." 



SOME GOOD NEWS FROM ICORACI, BRAZIL 

The young fellow who was to go to school with Rai- 
mundo, but didn't because he had applied for enlistment 
in the navy, has decided against filling out the final en- 
listment papers and will probably be leaving shortly to 
enter the second term of Bible school with Raimundo. 
There is another young man who also desires to go. We 
definitely prayed that God would speak to young men in 
our church and lead them into full-time service. Imme- 
diately these two presented themselves without any 
pressure from us. Truly our God answers prayer. 

We are beginning our day school immediately. We 
certainly hadn't planned to, but circumstances have 
made it a necessity. Some of our members came to me 
recently and asked if there wasn't something we could 
do about their children. The priest appears in the public 
school every week and our believers are having a hard 
time because they refuse to sit in on his teaching. There- 
fore, we are starting a school just for the people of our 
church. It will be held in the Agulha chapel because 
that is closer to the majority of children and will be a 
minimum of expense. We have a Christian teacher and 
about 25 children enrolled. — Jo)i?i W. Zielasko. 



"To some Christ calls — 'leave the boat and bay and 
white-haired Zebedee.' To some the call is harder — 
'stay and mend the nets for me.' " — The South African 
Pioneer. 



A recent letter from an American residing in Turkey 
states that there are probably not more than five pro- 
fessing Turkish believers in the whole country. — EFMA 
Missionary News Service. 



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OPERATION DODGE 



AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 



PART I 



Hi, folks! Did you see my picture in the Herald? Don't 
I look spiffy? And my boss says I drive better than I 
look. 

That was sure some send-off for a trip to Africa — that 
celebration in the Cherry Valley Brethren Church. It 
was a thrill to be there that last Sunday of the contest 
and to feel that moment of suspense while everybody 
was wondering whether I would make it all the way to 
the coast of Africa. 

At least I imagine it must have been a thrill when I 
read about it in the Herald of August 7, 1954. But I was 
not really there. I was never near the Cherry Valley 
Brethren Church. I was never west of Detroit. But how 
about that life-size photo, you ask, right by the front 
door, with the sign "Cherry Valley Brethren Church" in 
the background? 

Sh! Sh! Don't you tell a soul. I will let you in on a 
deep dark secret. That was a twin sister of mine. And 
she was not even an identical twin at that. She was a 
lady. And me? I am very husky and masculine. 

She has only a three-speed transmission like a luxury 
touring car. I have a heavy-duty four-speed, just like a 
big truck. She has light-weight 15-inch wheels, while I 
have 16-inch with 7:50 eight-ply tires all around. My 
speedometer runs 60 percent faster than hers, for it is in 
kilometers. She has namby-pamby weak springs made 
for riding on paved highways, while mine are made to 
carry a ton and a quarter over the bumps and holes of 
African roads without even bending down flat. 

So, you see, you were all the victims of a hoax. 

And I don't know any more about that celebration at 
Cherry Valley than you do. But it really did give me a 
thrill to read about it and see my picture there by proxy. 
Now I know something of what sacrifice went into buy- 
ing me, and I am going to do my dead level best to do an 
honest kilometer for every kilometer of African road, be 
it rutty, muddy, or sandy. 

As I have told you several times, I thought that 
Cherry Valley windup was really thrilling, until I actu- 
ally started on my way to Africa. Then everything in the 
past seemed tame by comparison. 

I'll tell you about the trip some other time. In the 
meantime, just one remark about my name — it is quite 
a coincidence they dubbed me OPERATION DODGE, 
for I am really turning out to be a medical Dodge. My 
boss is a missionary doctor, and it is my job to carry 
him around the country under all sorts of exciting cir- 
cumstances. 

So you are beginning to see that my California Sis can 
be proud of her African relationship. 
Yours bumpily, 

OPERATION DODGE. 
(By Dr. Floyd W. Taber, Yaloke. Africa.) 




-Drawn by Mrs. William (Ruth) Samirin. 



"God has not asked for our best, but He has asked for 
our obedience." — Dr. Robert Rudolph. 



THIS FOREIGN-MISSION BUSINESS 

(Continued From Page 82) 

for and by our Brethren churches in the United States 
is money well spent. That this is true is evidenced by 
the great blessing of the Lord in our whole program of 
the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches. I make 
these comparisons only to be able to say — FOREIGN 
MISSIONS IS ACTUALLY VERY ECONOMICAL 
BUSINESS. I feel every Brethren ought to have this 
information, since you probably have often heard the 
statement rather harshly made, "Foreign missions cost 
too much." 

Use the Next FOUR Months 

February, March, April, and May are thought of as 
foreign-mission months throughout the Brethren 
Church. Let us determine that during these FOUR 
months our foreign-missionary program will have its 
needs supplied. Week by week is the easy way to give 
large offerings. But whether you give week by week, or 
in one large gift at the time of your own choosing, let us 
covenant together to send out new missionaries this 
year, to meet all the needs of our missionaries, and to 
supply the necessary tools and equipment so that our 
missionaries may do the best job possible. 

— Russell D. Barnard. 



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We Build in Bangui 



The missionary residence — where the 3jg 

Jobsons (center picture) will live. 




«jW** 



The mission truck at the scene 
of the first building — the mis- 
sionary guest house. One of 
Bangui's many modern buildings 
is in the background. 



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Builder Balzer surveys proceedings 
from the dining-room window. 




The missionary guest house, up 
ceiling high. 



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Brother and Sister Balzer in front 
of their trailer shed. 



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To Help in 



Witnessing to 100,000 



By DR. ORVILLE D. JOBSON 



The Brethren Church has been acquainted with the 
name of the city of Bangui ever since our pioneer mis- 
sionaries came to Bangui in 1918. Bangui is the capital 
of the territory to which these pioneers, led of God, 
came to evangelize. Pioneer Gribble saw Bangui for the 
first time early in 1921 when he visited the governor to 
obtain permission to establish our first mission station 
at Bassai. At that time there was no established Protes- 
tant testimony in the city. Through the years Bangui has 
been kept before our Fellowship because it appears on 
the addresses of all our mission stations in Oubangui- 
Chari. Beginning with the Jobsons and Miss Myers, all 
of our early missionaries arrived in Bangui before be- 
ginning the long 250-mile trek into the interior. For 
many years all of the missionaries' outfits and mission 
freight were cleared through the customs at Bangui. 

A Great City 

Today all of our missionaries arrive in Bangui by 
plane from Paris and leave for furlough from Bangui. 
Next to the towns of Oubangui-Chari where our mission 
stations are located, the most familiar place in our ter- 
ritory is the capital city of Bangui. Here we come to do 
our local buying and care for our banking business. 
Here we contact the general administrative offices of the 
government. And here we bring our missionaries and 
Africans who need medical care which we cannot pro- 
vide at our medical center. 

Bangui is now a great city of approximately 100,000 
Africans and 2,000 Europeans. The he:.rt of the city is 
dotted with imposing government and municipal build- 
ings. There are the city hall, the post office, the chamber 
of commerce, the treasury, and the college — all recently 
built and providing spacious accommodations for these 
services. There are several banks and one, recently 
erected, is the last word in modern architecture. Com- 
mercial houses vie with each other in building larger 
and more modern plants. The important streets and 
avenues are now paved with black top and, being a 
strategic air center, Bangui boasts of a modern airfield 
sufficiently large to accommodate Constellations. 

Why a Brethren Testimony 

The building fling and modern extension has provided 
employment to thousands of Africans, resulting in a 
steady stream of bush natives flowing into the "Utopia" 
of central Africa. Villages have sprung up everywhere. 
Being tribal conscious these people have created villages 
inhabited by those of the same tribe. Thus we have the 
"Karre" village, the "Gbaya" village, and others. These 
groups are recognized by the administration and chiefs 
are appointed from their own groups. 

February 5, 7955 



Our sister mission consisting of independent American 
Baptists, orthodox and fundamental, also entered Ou- 
bangui-Chari in 1921 and located stations inland to the 
north and east. Early in the thirties this group of mis- 
sionaries established a station five miles from Bangui 
and began evangelization of the villages. In those days 
the population of Bangui was estimated at 35,000. 

During the years following World War II, the flow of 
Africans into Bangui rocketed the population to the 
present figure of 100,000. Thousands of these people have 
come from the sections of Oubangui-Chari where our 
Brethren mission stations are located. Hundreds of them 
are either members or attended prebaptismal classes. 
Many of them found a spiritual home with our sister 
mission's church located in suburban Bangui. Others, 
however, found it difficult to attend because of lack of 
communication. Busses are a recent introduction to the 
city. 

This state of things led members of our churches, 
accustomed to our distinctive practices and ordinances, 
to ask that a Brethren work might be started in Bangui. 
Such solicitation made an effective appeal and for the 
third time in two decades we began to consider the pos- 
sibility of establishing a mission in Bangui. We made it 
a matter of prayer for some months and this time the 
Lord led us with no uncertain direction to take speedy 
action. Field Council, in the annual meeting in Decem- 
ber 1953, recommended that we open a station in Bangui 
proper in 1954. This recommendation was approved by 
the Foreign Board and steps were taken to secure lots 
and provide the necessary buildings. 

The Work Begins 

Two lots, situated in a growing section of the city and 
very near a large African development, were chosen 
and we proceeded to secure them for the mission. The 
Lord's leading at that stage was very marked and later 
developments have proved beyond any doubt that His 
hand was with us. The lots join each other and both are 
on corners. The main street is named Languedoc, after 
the Protestant province of southern France, and the two 
side streets are named Flanders and Missions. The con- 
tinuation of Languedoc Street has been named Avenue 
de France, along which it is planned to provide lots 
where Africans can build better homes. The develop- 
ment will provide for 50,000 people. Hundreds of our 
people will avail themselves of the provisions the gov- 
ernment is making for better homes in this section be- 
cause of its nearness to the mission and church. 

There were many problems and much red tape in- 
volved before the lots asked for early in the year could 
be secured and occupied. During the delay our faith was 



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tested and some of us hesitated about going forward. 
However, in July the missionary pastors and executive 
committee confirmed our convictions that we should 
proceed with the original plans. The lots were finally 
secured in August and in the latter part of September 
the Balzers pulled their trailer on to the lots and began 
operations. 

Only those who have experienced the details involved 
in meeting the minute requirements for modern building 
operations in a growing city can appreciate how exacting* 
such proceedings can be. These were made doubly diffi- 
cult for us since we had to learn the French way as we 
went along, but at every turn of the way our faithful 
Lord raised up men to help and advise. The plans drawn 
by the Balzers were prepared for blueprinting by Bro. 
Charles Taber. The contribution of these brethren to- 
gether with that of the government technical service 
saved us a minimum of $150 on the plans alone. 

As we began purchasing building materials, once 
again the Lord worked for us. Large discounts were 
granted by interested individuals and companies, espe- 
cially by the furnisher of cement blocks used in the con- 
struction of the walls. Also, the first five tons of cement 
were secured for the lowest price we have ever paid for 
cement in Bangui. These are only examples of the tokens 



of the Lord to encourage us in the work being under- 
taken for His glory. 

There are three buildings so far under construction — 
one missionary residence, the missionary guest house for 
those coming to Bangui, and the general building that 
will house the garage, office, storeroom, and bookstore. 
Two of these buildings are now nearing completion. 

Further Needs 

Mrs. Jobson has reported on the first services in the 
temporary quarters elsewhere in Bangui (see Herald 
dated January 1, 1955). Since that report was written 
we have had the organization of the church, with 128 
charter members, and our first communion service. 

Our great need now is for permanent meeting quar- 
ters. We should have a building large enough to accom- 
modate at least 1,000 people, as the present attendance 
is already close to that figure. We are planning a build- 
ing of the tabernacle type. The membership is now being 
taught tithing in the hope that many of the men who 
are employed will embrace this opportunity of blessing 
and thus make possible the needed building. The battle 
is the Lord's and we are looking to Him. Pray with us 
for the realization of this needed tabernacle. 









From left to right — Building the temporary meeting place; attendance reached 300 the first Sunday, October 31, 
1954: an addition loas needed for the third Sunday — 800 present. (These pictures should have accompanied the 
article by Mrs. Jobson last month, but did not reach us in time. 

DISTRICT MISSIONARY RALLIES 



For several years our pastors and churches have been 
asking for some type of foreign-missionary rallies. At 
different times such have been arranged in some local- 
ities. But now, after many months of planning, we are 
ready to begin our first series of missionary rallies 
which, when completed, will have extended into all of 
our 11 districts. These rallies begin in southern Califor- 
nia on February 6, and the scheduled dates for the 
different rallies are as follows: 

February 6-20 Southern California 

February 21-27 Northern California 

February 28-March 6 Northwest 

March 13-20 Southeast 

March 21-27 Atlantic 

March 28-April 10 East 

April 11-17 Southern Ohio 

April 18-24 Indiana 

April 25-May 1 Northern Ohio 

May 2-8 Michigan 

May 9-15 Iowa 

May 16-22 Midwest 



The plan is to spend one week in every district and 
an additional week in those districts where there are 20 
or more Brethren churches. After many contacts, these 
dates announced seem best for the largest number of 
churches. We are asking the ministerial groups in the 
various districts to arrange the detail of the program, 
and trust we may have the cooperation of all of our 
Brethren churches unless there is some prior preventing 
engagement. 

We shall try to supply a minimum of FOUR foreign- 
missionary speakers in every district, and more speakers 
when possible. We will do our best to have the largest 
possible number of fields represented, but must bear in 
mind that some fields do not have missionaries on fur- 
lough at this season. 



"God has given only two perfect things to this lost 
world. One of them is the incarnate Word, which is the 
Lord Jesus Christ; the other is the written Word, which 
is the Holy Scripture. There is a divine element and a 
human element in both." — James H. Brookes. 



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"Why, I'm Back in Africa!" 



By MISS MARY CRIPE. Bekoro 




The plane left the runway at the Bourget airport in 
France and we went up, up, up through the clouds as 
the last lap of the journey to Africa was begun. As I sat 
and looked out the window, even though this wasn't my 
first trip to Africa, it seemed that I couldn't remember 
what the country looked like or what the people were 
like. This disturbed me a little, so I waited anxiously for 
the first glimpse of Bangui as we came down. 

Then we were out in the hot air and the missionaries 
who came to meet us were crowding around, embracing 
us, laughing, talking, and shedding a few tears all at the 
same time. We are like one big family out here, and 
what one person does is important to the rest, and so, as 
we told who died, who was born, who were engaged, 
who married, I knew I was back. 

Later, after we had eaten our noon meal and the sun 
was blazing down in all its fury, we all by common con- 
sent took our noon siesta. As I lay there, halfway 
between sleep and consciousness, I thought, "I've been 
wanting to do this for a long time." And my last thoughts 
as I drifted off were, "Why, I'm back in Africa!" 

There are many villages on the road from Bangui to 
Bozoum and each one brought sights with which I was 
familiar. There were the little children who still thought 
of the automobile as a novelty and came running out to 
wave at us as we went by — the women with their bas- 
kets of food or waterpots on their heads, chattering like 
a bunch of magpies as they scampered out of the road — 
the men sitting contentedly in their chaises longues 
while the women bent over a fire stirring handfuls of 
manioc flour into a pot of boiling water — yes; these 
sights were all familiar to me and made me know that I 
had arrived in Africa. 

Bumping along over the rough African dirt roads 
exercises a few muscles not ordinarily used, and the 
dirt as it sifts in through the windows soon makes every- 
thing a lovely red. Now and then we came to a spot in 
the road that was rougher than usual and, even slowing 
down as much as possible, we were almost bounced to 
the ceiling. Suddenly, as we rounded a curve in the road, 
we came upon a bunch of natives waving, pointing down 
the road, and shouting something about a truck. A few 
yards farther we came upon the overturned truck. Bro- 
ken glass and confusion were very much in evidence and 
along the side of the road lay a young boy who had re- 
ceived a broken leg when the truck turned over. As Dot 
Beaver and I tried to fix an improvised splint for the 
broken leg and made room for him in the back of the 
pickup to take him to Bozoum, the great need of the 
people struck me anew and made me realize that I was 
back in Africa amidst a needy people. 

A good sense of smell is supposed to be an asset, but 
there are times in Africa when it has its disadvantages. 
We had been riding for several hours when we passed 



a waterhole where the women were soaking their man- 
ioc. Right then I wouldn't have cared if my nose had 
been plugged up. Also, as you pass villages where the 
remains of a cow, antelope, or elephant — which have 
been dead for a while — are in evidence, you know for 
sure that you're back in Africa. Your nose tells you that. 
But I think that the greatest sense of being back in 
Africa came when I finally arrived at the Bekoro station. 
Although it was at night, people came streaming from 
all directions to shake hands, put their hands over their 
mouths, and tell you that the food must be really good 
in your village because of all the weight you had gained. 
Then, as the native Christians lifted their voices in 
thanksgiving to God for keeping us on the road, for 
bringing us back to them, and for making us one tribe 
in the Lord Jesus, a great happiness welled up within 
me. Yes; I was back in Africa, and I knew that I didn't 
want to be anywhere else, because I was where the Lord 
wanted me, and where He had called me to serve Him. 

(Editor's Note — Miss Cripe returned to Africa on November 21, re- 
suming her duties at the Bekoro station, after spending a year of 
furlough in the States. However, at the recent Field Council meeting 
she was assigned to aid in the medical work at the Bible Institute. 
Her new address is: Miss Mary Cripe. Bozoum via Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 



NEED IN ARGENTINA 

Argentina, physically speaking, extends from the Tor- 
rid Zone almost to the Antarctic Circle. Temperatures 
vary accordingly, with a large part being temperate 
and pleasant. Spiritually speaking, the temperature 
range is just as great, with so very large a part of the 
people living in the frigid and indifferent zone. There are 
18.000,000 people in all of Argentina, with about one- 
fourth of them living in the greater Buenos Aires area. 
We have just TWO missionary families in that area. 
There are many other gospel testimonies in the Buenos 
Aires area, but we could place all of our 89 missionaries 
from all fields in this one metropolitan area and still not 
occupy all the spiritually needy places. 



LIBERTY TO PREACH IN OUR FIELDS 

China is said to be almost completely closed to the 
enterprise of Christian missions. In all SIX of our mis- 
sion fields there is liberty to preach the Gospel, and in 
all save one we would say, "The door is wide open." 
What a challenge to our Brethren people to give and go 
and pray! 



"Service is good when He asks it, 
Labor is right in its place, 
But there is one thing better, 
Looking up into His face." 

— Annie Johnson Flint. 



February 5, 7955 



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HERALD 



The BRETHREN 



MISSIONARY 



EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benj amin Hamilton 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



AKRON, OHIO. The First Breth- 
ren Church had an 11.9 percent in- 
crease in the morning worship, 14.2 
percent in the evening service, and 
a 7.9 percent increase in Sunday 
school during 1954 over 1953. On 
Dec. 19, 340 persons were present for 
the morning service. There have 
been seven first-time decisions on 
three recent Sundays. 

PORTLAND, OREG. Vernon Har- 
ris, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, was guest speaker at the 
Multnomah Chapel on Jan. 9, and at 
the Seaside Youth for Christ Jan. 15. 
SPECIAL. According to C. S. Zim- 
merman, national statistician, the 
district statistical reports should 
have been mailed to the district 
statisticians Feb. 1. Church secre- 
taries are requested to check on this. 
WINONA LAKE, IND. Attending 
the Grace Bible Conference Jan. 17- 
20, sponsored by Grace Seminary 
Alumni Association, were ministers 
from Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Iowa, 
Pennsylvania. Virginia, Michigan, 
Washington, D. C, and even from 
Africa. Dr. C. W. Mayes delivered 
the first series of the annual Bauman 
Memorial Lectures. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Rev. and Mrs. 
George W. Kinzie celebrated their 
golden wedding anniversary on Fob. 
19. Brother Kinzie has retired from 
the ministry after many years of 
active service. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Mr. and 
Mrs. George Kashishian, members of 
the First Brethren Church, celebrat- 
ed their golden wedding anniversary 
on Jan. 10. 

LEAMERSVILLE, PA. Seven 
Brethren churches of the Altoona 
area united here in a rousing "Sing- 
spiration" on Dec. 3. 

ALTOONA, PA. The Altoona 
Youth for Christ meeting was held 
at the First Brethren Church Jan. 
15. 

ROANOKE, VA. The largest 
Southeast District youth rally in re- 



cent years was held Jan. 7-8 at 
the Washington Heights Brethren 
Church, 147 being present. 

RITTMAN, OHIO. The average 
attendance at the First Brethren 
Church for 1954 was 141 for the 
morning worship and 94 for the eve- 
ning service. The church is consid- 
ering the completion of their new 
Sunday-school unit. Charles Ash- 
man, Jr., is pastor. 

AKRON, OHIO. The Northern 
Ohio District WMC rally was held at 
the First Brethren Church on Jan. 
24. Mrs. Freda Kliever was the 
guest speaker. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. The First 
Brethren Church has voted to con- 
tinue "Your Morning Devotions," a 
daily radio ministry which has been 
on the air for many years. Brethren 
in this area of Ohio are urged to 
tune in this program each morning 
over WWST. Kenneth Ashman is 
pastor. 




PHILADELPHIA, PA. The At- 
lantic District men's meeting was 
held at the Third Brethren Church 
on Jan. 29. Rev. Andrew Telford was 
the guest speaker. 

MARTINSBURG, W. VA. The 
Atlantic Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches will convene here May 
10-14. 

TEMPLE CITY, CALIF. A pas- 
toral reception was held in honor of 
Rev. and Mrs. John Aeby on Jan. 17 
at the Temple City Brethren Church. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. Dr. L. W. 
Duff-Forbes, director of the Jewish 
Evangelical Witness, was the guest 
speaker at the Community Brethren 
Church on Jan. 30. Ward Miller, 
pastor, was attending the board 
meeting of the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Church at 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

FREMONT, OHIO. The Grace 
Brethren Church Sunday school 
showed an average gain in attend- 
ance of 20.75 percent during 1954 
over 1953. Gordon Bracker is pastor. 

DAVENPORT, IOWA. The Grace 
Brethren Church is meeting for reg- 
ular services in the Lend-A-Hand 
Building, located at Main and River 
Streets. There are three services on 



Sundays, at 10 and 11 a. m. and 7:30 
p. m. True Hunt is pastor. 

SEATTLE. WASH. Plans for the 
new building are nearing completion 
and construction will be started as 
soon as possible for the View Ridge 
Brethren Church. Thomas Hammers 
is pastor. 

FREMONT, OHIO. A new Sun- 
day-school attendance record was 
set at the Grace Brethren Church on 
Jan. 9, when 301 were present. Gor- 
don Bracker is pastor. On Jan. 30 
Granville Tucker, pastor of the Ne- 
gro work in this city, was licensed 
to the Christian ministry. 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (E/P). 
For the first time in 18 years, Min- 
nesota probation and parole officers 
have included religion as a subject 
for discussion at one of their meet- 
ings. This was done at a probation 
and parole institute at the Univer- 
sity of Minnesota. According to an 
editorial in the Minneapolis Star, 
this "represents a significant and 
subtle change in the thinking of 
many engaged in probation and pa- 
role work. A few years ago religion 
would have been dismissed as non- 
objective, unscientific, emotional, 
and almost wholly valueless as a 
technique for working on problems 
of delinquency." The editorial con- 
tinued: "But times have changed. 
There is a growing realization that 
the warmth and understanding of 
religion can reach many problems 
that a cold, detached, 'scientific' 
manner leaves untouched." 

BEER-SHEBA, ISRAEL (E/P). 
This ancient Biblical town is wit- 
nessing the erection of a new seven- 
story flour mill. The huge concrete 
structure occupies a 15-acre plot and 
will have a 40-ton capacity. It will 
grind a good portion of the flour 
used in Israel. 



SPECIAL NOTICE. The Herald editor 
received bulletins on Jan. 18. 1955, that 
were dated Oct. 17 to Jan. 9. all in one 
package. This happens frequently. It is 
rather difficult to get "news" from bulle- 
tins that are two and three months old. 
If the "news" is not printed, although it 
is six weeks old, someone is offended. On 
the other hand, if we print it. and it is 
two months old, it appears that we are 
late with the news. Please send in your 
announced meetings three weeks in ad- 
vance of the actual date, and we will 
assist you in your advertising. It is better 
to publish a meeting before rather than 
after it is over. For a two-cent postal 
card you can get a lot of service. Please 
discern between local and national news. 
Readers in California are not particularly 
interested in who sang a solo at a meet- 
ing in South Carolina, but they are in- 
terested in "news" that affects them or 
the brotherhood as a whole. You can 
help us by forwarding news releases well 
in advance. Thank you. 



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Let's Go to National Conference! 

PORTLAND, OREGON AUGUST 10-17 



Go west. Brethren, go west! 

Here is an opportunity for many 
of you to make two dreams come 
true: first, to attend a Brethren Na- 
tional Fellowship, and second, to 
come to the great Northwest. Now is 
the time to prove whether you are 
just a dreamer or a doer. 

Here are some facts which I hope 
will help you to decide to come. 

Location 

The conference will be held at the 
Jennings Lodge Assembly Grounds, 
which is owned and operated by the 
Evangelical United Brethren Church. 
It is beautifully located on the bank 
of the Willamette River, just 10 miles 
south of the center of Portland on 
U. S. 99E. It covers 18 acres and has 
majestic fir trees, lovely lawns, and 
undeveloped areas. On these grounds 
are located the beautiful Gothic- 
arched Friesen Chapel, seating 250; 
Luckel Auditorium, seating 2,000; 
Koehler Educational Building, with 
four classrooms; the Keller Hall, 
with picturesque dining room; Hall- 
auer Hall, and other dormitories, 
cottages, and other facilities. 

Recreation 

Provision is made for such activ- 
ities as tennis, shuffleboard, swim- 
ming, boating, softball, volleyball, 
skating and horseshoes. 

There are many points of interest 
to see in the city of Portland. Then 
everyone should get up to Mount 
Hood and Timberline Lodge, Mult- 
nomah Falls, and drive on at least 
part of the scenic Columbia River 
Highway. Portland is just about 80 
miles from the rugged and inspiring 
shores of the Pacific Ocean. 

It is hoped that many will be able 
to allow themselves sufficient addi- 
tional vacation time to enjoy the 
mountains, lakes, streams, and ex- 
cellent camping facilities in both 
Oregon and Washington. 

Lodging 

1. On the grounds. The better fa- 
cilities on the grounds have just 
about all been taken by registrations, 
which includes the private rooms 
and cabins. However, for the hardier 
souls there is an abundance of open 
dormitory space and tents. The open 

February 5, 1955 



dorms have a number of beds in 
large rooms and can be used by the 
single men or women. In these the 
single bed is $1.25 per night and the 
double bed is $1.50. 

The 16-X-16 tent built up on a 
frame platform is $15 and will care 
for a family of six. Without the plat- 
form the same size tent is $10 per 
week. The 12-X-14 tent for two peo- 
ple is $6 per week. 

2. Off the grounds. The very fin- 
est accommodations are available off 
the grounds. Let it be clearly under- 
stood that there will be room for 
everyone who can come. 

In West Lynn, Oreg., three miles 
from the grounds, a very fine 80- 
room hotel with river view has 
opened its doors for us at good spe- 
cial daily rates. They are: single 
rooms, $1.50; double-bed rooms, 
$2.50; twin-bed rooms, $3; single- 
bed rooms with bath, $3 and $4; 
double-bed rooms with bath, $5 to 
$7. Cots are available for children 
with their parents. Other hotels are 
also nearby. 

Within a distance of from one to 
five miles from the grounds, there 
are 30 motels with from 5 to 20 units 
in each. They are in just about every 
size and price range. I found that 
from half to two-thirds of them have 
cooking facilities. Two couples can 
go together in many of them. They 
are fine for families. Cabins with two 
double beds and cooking facilities 
run from $20 to $65 per week, with 
$30 to $40 being the average. Other 
sizes are priced proportionately. 

Meals 

The assembly grounds has a very 
good dining hall which is capable of 
feeding 500 people per hour. The 
prices for meals there will be: break- 
fast, 65c; lunch, 80c; dinner, $1. 

Trailers 

There are some fine trailer parks 
nearby with complete facilities. 
Trailers can be parked on the 
grounds, but there are no facilities 
for their use. However, they can be 
parked alongside a friend's cabin for 
electricity and water. 

Registration 

For further information on lodg- 



ing or for registration, just write to 
Jennings Lodge Assembly Grounds, 
18113 SE. Morse St., Portland 22, 
Oreg. No fee is required for pre- 
registrations. Reservations must be 
made to save the rooms at the West 
Lynn Hotel. They also can be made 
if desired to assure you of the kind 
of motel you want nearest the 
grounds. 

Transportation 

For those desiring to go by com- 
mercial airlines, the rates are as fol- 
lows: First-class round trip from 
Chicago to Portland is $239.91 (meals 
included), Tourist round trip, $175.80 
(without meals). Family rats on 
Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday is 
half-fare with one first-class ticket. 
Contact your local airlines. 

For those desiring to go by train, 
we suggest that the following sched- 
ule be studied. By leaving on Mon- 
day and going on the family plan, 
prices would be as follows: 

Pullman Coach 

Head of family $126.50 $90.20 

Wife accompanying.. 82.61 59.02 

Children 12-22 82.61 59.02 

Children 5-12 41.31 29.54 

Children under 5 free 

Berth one way lower 23.10 
Berth one way upper 17.60 

If the railroad company can be 
guaranteed 48 tickets by coach, or 20 
tickets by Pullman, they will reserve 
an entire car; however, such reser- 
vations must be in by MARCH 1. 
The main requisite on the round- 
trip ticket is that you go straight to 
your destination, making all side 
trips on the return trip, taking as 
long as six months. 

All reservations should be mailed 
at once to the Brethren Missionary 
Herald. Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 
If sufficient applications are re- 
ceived, arrangements will be made 
for the reservation of a car, other- 
wise announcement will be printed 
about April 1 indicating if sufficient 
are interested in the trip. To date 10 
have indicated interest in train 
transportation. 

The Northwest has rolled out the 
carpet for Brethren people every- 
where. We hope all of you will come 
out and walk on it. 



91 



LL YOU HAVE TO DO is to talk 
to some Jehovah's Witness people 
to have your interest aroused in 
the subject of the kingdom. Recently 
I stood on my front porch for nearly 
an hour, exposing myself to a cold, 
talking to two of their ladies. I was 
also bombarded with calls from oth- 
ers in the church on whom they had 
called, wanting answers to certain 
questions. My file and books on the 
cults got thoroughly passed around. 
At least some good came out of it — 
a renewed interest in things future. 

Like nearly every other Bible sub- 
ject, there are many and varied 
views on the matter. A popular un- 
derstanding of the kingdom is that 
it is the next world, or heaven, 
where men go at death. The Roman 
Catholic Church holds that it is the 
visible organized church. The ortho- 
dox Jews are looking for the polit- 
ical and social regime which God's 
Messiah will establish at His coming. 
Jehovah's Witness teaching informs 
us that the stage has already been 
set for the kingdom because of the 
return of Christ during World War I. 

In the realm of Christendom we 
find that some spiritualize it, making 
it nothing more than the rule of God 
in the hearts of men. Others claim 
that it is a social and economic ref- 
ormation that the church will be 
able to set up on this earth by the 
efforts of men. 

However, all of these emerge mis- 
erably inadequate as we examine the 
tremendous amount of Scripture 
bearing upon the subject. Two as- 
pects of the kingdom of God become 
immediately evident. The first is that 
God the Father always has been and 
always will be ruler over His domin- 
ion, which includes all the created 
universe (Ps. 10:16; I Chron. 29:11). 
This is the eternal kingdom. All men. 
nations, and governments are under 
His rule. He is the one "who work- 
eth all things after the counsel of 
his own will" (Eph. 1:11). 

The second major distinction on 
the subject is the literal kingdom 
prophesied and promised for this 
earth over which God the Son will 
rule. This is the earthly kingdom, 
and is commonly spoken of as the 
millennium, the "kingdom of heav- 
en," and the kingdom-age. The 
prophets foretold this kingdom as 
the time when the earth "shall be 
full of the knowledge of the Lord." 
Jesus had this in mind when He told 
us to pray "thy kingdom come." 



These are not two separate king- 
doms, but the latter is part of the 
former. 

The roots and background for the 
earthly kingdom are found in God's 
direct governing of His people 
through such men as Moses, Joshua, 
the Judges, Samuel, and the first 
three kings of the Jews. However, 
the people refused the word and 
will of God, and Ezekiel graphically 
describes the departure of the "She- 
kinah glory" in chapters 8-11. 

Next we hear John the Baptist 
announcing, "Repent ye: for the 
kingdom of heaven is at hand" 
(Matt. 3:2). Christ came as the 
promised King prepared to offer the 
promised kingdom. Once again they 
rejected God's offer, crucified the 
King, and forfeited the kingdom. 
Now it will not be realized until 
Jesus Christ comes in power and 
great glory to completely fulfill the 
words of the prophets and the 
dreams of men. 

This will be a literal and complete 
kingdom. Christ will be the king, the 
inhabitants of the earth will be its 
subjects, and this world will be its 
dominion. This kingdom was the 
theme of all the Old Testament 
prophets, so much of the informa- 
tion about it is given in the Old 
Testament. The New Testament only 
unfolds and interprets their utter- 
ances. 

Isaiah and Jeremiah make it clear 
the ruler will be a "shoot out of the 
stock of Jesse" and "a righteous 
branch of David." Jeremiah 33:15-22 
reveals that this Branch will revive 
and continue David's kingdom. This 
is the God-man Christ Jesus. He 
will be an absolute monarch. For 



the first time in the world's history 
it will have a perfect king and a 
perfect government. President Eis- 
enhower recently said: "The masses 
of the people are not stupid; only 
governments are stupid." History is 
a sad record of foolish governing, 
with greed and lust for power caus- 
ing its troubles. There will be no 
politics in Christ's rule. The opposi- 
tion party leader, Satan, will be in 
the "bottomless pit" trying to get 
free from his chains. All of the 
Devil's wicked, sinful cohorts in the 
heavens and on earth will have been 
judged and eliminated at Christ's 
return, and cannot enter the millen- 
nial kingdom. Thus righteousness 
and paace will be the fruit of 
Christ's rule. Every phase of the 
lives of men — spiritual, ethical, so- 
cial, economic, physical, political, 
and ecclesiastical — will be trans- 
formed under His omnipotent lead- 
ership. 

This "golden age" of the world 
will last for 1,000 years. At the end 
of this period all those born during 
the millennium who have rejected 
the Gospel and are unsaved will join 
forces with Satan when he is loosed 
and will compass "the camp of the 
saints about, and the beloved city," 
and fire will come down from heav- 
en and devour them (Rev. 20:9). The 
"lake of fire and brimstone" will be 
waiting to receive Satan and the 
wicked dead of all the ages who 
have appeared before the Great 
White Throne to be judged, proving 
once and for all that the "wages of 
sin is death" (Rom. 6:23). Then the 
earthly kingdom will merge into the 
eternal kingdom and Christ will 
continue to reign at the Father's 
right hand. 



THE KINGDOM 




By VERNON HARRIS 

PASTOR, GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH 
PORTLAND, OREG. 



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A MYSTERY 



(I COR. 15:51-53) 



The imminent return of Christ to 
take unto himself believers, both 
living and dead, is one of the funda- 
mental doctrines of the Holy Scrip- 
tures. It is to be found in many of 
our old hymns; it is set before us as 
the great hope of the church; it is 
the incentive to Biblical Christianity 
(orthodoxy); and is the motive for 
the missionary and evangelistic ac- 
tivity down through the years. If the 
value of a doctrine were to be 
judged by the frequency of its men- 
tion (more than 300 times in the 
New Testament, or once in every 25 
verses), then the second coming of 
our Lord would be the most impor- 
tant doctrine in the Word of God. 

I Corinthians 15 is concerned with 
the resurrection of Christ as a proof 
of our own bodily resurrection. The 
climax of this chapter is the argu- 
ment for the resurrection of the 
dead and the final conclusion of that 
argument is the coming of our bless- 
ed Lord! 

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; 
We shall not all sleep, but we shall 
all be changed." The word "mys- 
tery" is commonly used in our own 
day to refer to that which is beyond 
comprehension or cannot be easily 
understood. The late Dr. Harry Iron- 
side has said: "A mystery is a secret 
not known to the generality of the 
people, but made known to the ini- 
tiated, and all God's beloved people 
rre looked upon by Him as the ini- 
tiated ones. The only lodge I have 
ever joined is 'The Grand Army of 
the Redeemed.' I was initiated into 
that by being born again, and then 
the Holy Spirit conducted me from 
chair to chair and revealed the mys- 
teries as you have them here in the 
Word of God." 

Scripturally, the word means that 
which is concealed or hidden but is 
made known in due time. The resur- 
rection of the dead and the transla- 
tion of the believer was concealed 
and hidden in the Old Testament 
Scriptures until the revelation of 
Christ. Obscure types and shadows, 
or prophecies, were merely stepping- 
stones to the clear revealed truths 
made known to the believers during 
the Church Age (since the Day of 
Pentecost). The docti-ine to which 
the word "mystery" relates may be 



in itself clear and simple, but it is 
hidden in mystery until it is made 
plain. 

This word "mystery," used by the 
Apostle Paul upon the direction of 
the Holy Spirit, refers to at least 
three basic facts now made clear to 
the New Testament saints. 

1. The resurrection of the be- 
liever will take place when He re- 
turns at the time of the rapture: 
"For as in Adam all die, even so in 
Christ shall all be made alive. But 
every man in his own order: Christ 
the firstfruits; afterward they that 
are Christ's at his coming" (I Cor. 15: 
22-23). These verses are the proof- 
text that the body of the believer is 
to be raised in glory. "It is sown in 
corruption; it is raised in incorrup- 
tion ... it is raised in glory" (I Cor. 
15:42-43). As in the case of Christ, 
the same body that was placed in the 
garden tomb was brought forth from 
the dead, so the Scriptures infer not 
only that the saints shall have 
bodies, but that these bodies will be 
an outgrowth or transformation of 
the very bodies that slept in the dust 
(Dan. 12:2; I Cor. 15:53-54). As to 
how God will unite the resurrected 
body is not mentioned in His Word. 
However, happy are ye if ye believe 
these things. 

2. The bodies of living believers 
will be glorified and will be made 
like the body of our blessed Lord. 
"For our conversation [citizenship] 
is in heaven; from whence also we 
look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus 
Christ: who shall change our vile 
body, that it may be fashioned like 
unto his glorious body, according to 
the working whereby he is able even 
to subdue all things unto himself" 
(Phil. 3:20-21). More than once we 
have heard it said, "There is nothing 
more certain than death or taxes." 
The burden of taxes may be contin- 
ually with us, but the Word of God 
assures us that ?iot all Christians 
will die. One group of saints will be 
living when the Lord returns in the 
rapture, and they will be clothed 
upon with the glory of immortality 
without the experience of death. 
This is vividly illustrated in the 
translation of Enoch (Gen. 5:24; 
Heb. 11:5) and of Elijah (II Kings 
2:11-18). 




By J. WARD TRESSLER 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Altoona, Pa. 



3. Finally, the concluding joy 
that is uncovered here in the Word 
is a complete Biblical answer to the 
un-Scriptural theory of what is 
sometimes called a partial rapture. 
We are told here that all Christians 
— all Christians shall be changed, 
and this will be done in the twin- 
kling of an eye — not part oj them, 
but all oj them. Further Biblical 
proof is found in I Corinthians 3: 
18-17 and Ephesians 2:20, which tell 
us that the church is a temple. Is it 
possible that any part of the build- 
ing in which the Spirit dwells be 
left behind? II Corinthians 11:2 and 
Ephesians 5:24, 32 indicate that the 
church is the bride of Christ. Is it 
possible that some of the bride be 
not taken in the rapture? Further- 
more, if the church is Christ's body 
— and we believe it is — surely He 
will not leave a part of His body 
behind. 

Dr. Thiessen tells us: "That all the 
living believers will be taken at the 
rapture is no more improbable than 
that all who have fallen asleep in 
Christ will be raised at that time." 
In enumerating the order of the res- 
urrection, Paul tells us: "Christ the 
firstfruits; afterward they that are 
Christ's at his coming. Then cometh 
the end, when he shall have deliv- 
ered up the kingdom of God, even 
the Father" (I Cor. 15:23-24). Notice 
that "they that are Christ's" are all 
grouped together as one unit and are 
all raised at the same time — thus 
there is no division to be found 
among them. 

The joy of the mystery made plain 
is that it assures us there will be the 
blessed reunion in glory of the risen 
and the glorified followers of Christ 
(read I Thess. 4:13-18). 



February 5, 7955 



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By JOHN C. WHITCOMB, JR. 

Grace Theological Seminary 
Winona Lake, Ind. 



THE MOMENT a person passes 
from spiritual death to spiritual 
life through saving faith in the 
Lord Jesus Christ, a number of won- 
derful things take place in his life. 
Often he is not even aware of these, 
because they occur entirely in the 
realm of spiritual reality, and are 
known to us only as we examine the 
dynamics of salvation as revealed in 
God's written revelation, the Holy 
Scriptures. 

The Bible clearly teaches that 
every Christian, no matter how weak 
or carnal, young or ignorant, has 
been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, 
baptized by the Holy Spirit, indioelt 
by the Holy Spirit, and sealed by the 
Holy Spirit, as an instantaneous, un- 
merited, sovereign, irrevokable, gra- 
cious act of God, the moment he 
accepted Christ as his personal Sav- 
iour from sin. Perhaps among early 
Christians there were none quite so 
weak and carnal (worldly) as those 
who lived in the notoriously wicked 
city of Corinth, and yet to these 
Christians God, speaking through 
the Apostle Paul, applied the name 
"saints," and revealed some of the 
deepest truths concerning the in- 
dwelling of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 
6:19) and also His gifts to the church 
(I Cor. 12). 

The Holy Spirit and Salvation 

If we are to have any clear con- 
cept of what happens to a person 
when he becomes a Christian, we 
must understand the meaning of 
certain terms that describe this mo- 
mentous event. To be regenerated 
means to be "born again" (John 3: 
3-8; I Pet. 1:23), to be spiritually 
"resurrected" (Rom. 6:13; Eph. 2:5), 
to be "created" anew (Eph. 2:10; II 
Cor. 5:17), and thus to have eternal 
life (John 5:24; I John 5:11-13). To 
be baptized by the Holy Spirit means 
to be united and organically joined 
to the mystical body of Christ, being 
forevermore perfectly identified with 
Christ in His death, burial, resurrec- 
tion, and glory (Rom. 6:3-4; Col. 2: 
10-12, 19). To be indwelt by the Holy 
Spirit means that my body has be- 
come the actual dwelling place of 
the Holy Spirit, making me, in a 
wonderful way, His temple (I Cor. 
3:16; 6:19). To be sealed by the Holy 
Spirit means to be set apart by God 
as His own possession (Eph. 1:3; 



4:30; I Cor. 1:22), and involves the 
idea of security, safety, ownership, 
and authority. 

In his very valuable volume, "The 
Holy Spirit: A Comprehensive Study 
of the Person and Work of the Holy 
Spirit," Dr. John F. Walvoord. pres- 
ident of Dallas Theological Semi- 
nary, analyzes the work of the Holy 
Spirit in salvation in the fourfold 
aspect presented above. None of 
these acts of God in behalf of the 
believer can be felt or experienced 
in themselves, but the experience of 
joy and inward peace follows as the 
new-born Christian begins to realize 
that "old things are passed away; 
behold, all things are become new" 
(II Cor. 5:17). 

A rather faint illustration of this 
might be the cancer patient who 
awakens from a general anesthesia 



the Bible. One concerns spiritual 
gijts, and the other is the filling of 
the Holy Spirit. But whereas every 
believer at the moment of salvation 
is regenerated, baptized, indwelt, and 
sealed by the Holy Spirit, the same 
is not true for spiritual gifts and 
Spirit-filling. Spiritual gifts, accord- 
ing to I Corinthians 12-14, Romans 
12:3-8, and Ephesians 4:4-16, are 
given by God to every believer, but 
they differ in nature and extent. 
While one Christian may have the 
gift of teaching, others may have the 
gifts of ministering, administration, 
evangelism, faith, giving, or exhor- 
tation, and that in different degrees 
as the sovereign and gracious Sav- 
iour may please. The purpose of 
such gifts is fully described in Ephe- 
sians 4:12-15. 

One of the questions that is often 



THE WORK OF THE 



HOLY SPIRIT 

In the Life of the Believer 



to discover that the source of his 
troubles, the cancer, is gone, but he 
had no experience whatever of the 
surgeon's operation that brought 
about this new condition in his body. 
Having faith in the surgeon's skill 
and wisdom, he came willingly to 
him, and submitted his body to the 
operation. But the surgeon did the 
work, and that without the conscious 
help or ingenuity of the patient. 
Salvation is a supernatural act of 
God which accompanies our faith in 
the saving work of Jesus Christ 
upon the cross, and is not a process 
by which we somehow change our 
ways and thus become acceptable 
to Him. 

The Holy Spirit and Christian Living 

Turning our attention now from 
the work of the Holy Spirit in the 
salvation of the believer, we must 
now consider briefly the work of the 
Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. 
Two definite types of experience for 
the believer in his relationship to the 
Holy Spirit are presented clearly in 



raised concerning spiritual gifts is 
whether or not the special gifts of 
the apostolic age (A. D. 30-90), such 
as prophecy, miracles, healing, and 
tongues, are still to be sought and 
expected among Christians today. 
The Book of Acts and the Epistles to 
the Corinthians show us clearly that 
such special gifts were granted by 
God to early Christians, but it is also 
clear that these gifts served a special 
purpose in that age which is no 
longer needful. Before the New Tes- 
tament was completed (c. A. D. 90). 
prophets were needed to proclaim 
God's authoritative Word to the peo- 
ple, and miracles were needed to 
substantiate the message of true 
apostles and prophets as opposed to 
false ones. But the same passage of 
I Corinthians that describes those 
unusual gifts also contains the pre- 
diction that they would cease (I Cor. 
13:8-10). The fact that no genuine 
case of such miraculous gifts has 
been witnessed since the first cen- 
tury confirms the conclusion that 

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By FLOYD BOCK 
Layman of Osceola, Ind. 



Are you really happy? You can be 
if you know for sure, every minute 
of every day, that you are going to 
heaven. The Bible teaches in John 
14:3 that heaven is a real place. The 
Bible teaches that the only way to 
God is through Jesus Christ, God's 
Son (I Tim. 2:5). The Bible teaches 
that eternal life is a gift given to us 
through Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:23). 
The Bible teaches that we cannot 
earn salvation by the things we do, 
but that we are saved by grace plus 
nothing, which is simply God's favor 
which we do not deserve. We are not 
saved by trying to keep the Ten 
Commandments, because living un- 
der them is a curse, according to 
Galatians 3:10-13. 

Only once in the Bible is the ques- 
tion asked, "What must I do to be 
saved?" The answer is plain. "Be- 
lieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and 
thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:30-31). 
The Bible assures us that God loved 
us so much that He permitted Jesus 
to die on the cross in our place, so 



THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

(Continued From Page 94) 

they were temporary and for a spe- 
cial purpose only. 

Perhaps the most vital concern of 
the Christian today should be the 
matter of the filling of the Holy 
Spirit. He cannot control the num- 
ber or type of spiritual gifts he may 
possess, but he can and must obey 
the command of the Scriptures to be 
filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 
5:18). This means simply that the be- 
liever should allow no sin of thought 
or practice to hinder the full control 
of God's Holy Spirit in his life. As 
the Bible puts it, we must neither 
"quench" the Spirit (I Thess. 5:19), 
nor "grieve" the Spirit (Eph. 4:30). 
but rather "walk by the Spirit" (Gal. 
5:16). While being fully aware of the 
fact that in this life we are never 
sinless (I John 1:8, 10), we must also 
remember that willful continuation 
in sinful ways makes it impossible 
for God and the Holy Spirit to use 
us for the greater blessing of our- 
selves and others. Furthermore, such 
sins will be dealt with at the judg- 
ment seat of Christ (I Cor. 3:12-15; 
Rom. 14:10). 



that we could live eternally, if we 
believed on Him. Jesus teaches in 
John 3:3-6 that we must be born 
again spiritually if we desire to go 
to heaven. We are born in our 
earthly families by physical birth, 
and Jesus declared that we must be 
born into God's spiritual family. 
When we receive Christ as our per- 
sonal Saviour we become the sons of 
God according to John 1:11-13. The 
spiritual birth is not a slow process 
of development, as many believe, 
but rather it is an instantaneous act. 

The new birth is like the physical 
birth in almost every respect. Just 
as one cannot remove himself from 
the earthly family, so we are "born 
for keeps" into the family of God. 

Many people put their trust in 
things other than the person of 
Christ Jesus, and the fact is, they 



have never been born again. Many 
church members have been baptized 
who have never repented of their 
sins, and as a result do not know 
what it means to be saved. 

When we are born again by the 
Holy Spirit of God, we are sealed 
until the day of redemption (Eph. 
1:12-14). God is surely not an "In- 
dian giver." When He gives eternal 
life, it simply means that it is ours 
for eternity (John 10:28-29). What 
a blessed truth to know that we are 
held in Christ's hand from beneath 
and the Father's hand is over us, 
Held by such hands, we can truly 
know that we are saved. Thank God 
we don't have to hold ourselves in 
God's family (I John 5:13). If you 
know these truths as your very own, 
you can be happy in Christ. Are you 
really happy? 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

1. Pray that during our four 
months, February, March, April, and 
May, we will present an abundant 
and sufficient foreign-mission offer- 
ing. 

2. Pray for our foreign-mission 
rallies, beginning in southern Cali- 
fornia on February 4, and continu- 
ing thereafter in all 11 of our dis- 
tricts (see schedule on page — ). 

3. Pray for the two Brethren day 
schools being opened, the one at 
Macapa and the other at Icoraci, 
Brazil, and pray for the Christian 
Brazilian teachers. 

4. Pray for the regular schedule 
of services now begun in our newly 
acquired meeting place in Lyon, 
France. Pray for many decisions for 
Christ. 

5. Pray for the early completion 
of our building projects at Bangui, 
Africa, and for the 1,000 or more 
now attending, that a suitable per- 
manent meeting place may be ar- 
ranged. 

6. Pray for Bro. Walter Haag and 
some Mexican Bible Institute stu- 
dents as they spend February in 
Baja California in an evangelistic 
tour, and for Bro. Roy Howard as 
he spends the same month in the 
same type of work on the Sonora 
Coast in Mexico. 

7. Pray for Brother and Sister 
Tresise as they return to Hawaii, 
and that upon their return suitable 
employment may be had. They re- 
turned to the States because of the 
illness and death of Bro. Tresise's 
mother. 

8. Pray for our Argentine pastors 
as they carry the heavy pastoral re- 
sponsibilities in our congregations 
there, and for our missionaries as 
they seek to assist in stabilizing 
groups of believers, some in the 
larger cities. 



HOME MISSIONS— 

1. Praise God for providing fi- 
nances to complete the Jenners 
Brethren Church, and pray that the 
building will be finished soon. 

2. Pray for a number of visitors 
attending the Cedar Rapids church, 
that they might be led to Christ and 
then to join in the work. 

3. Pray for wisdom in the matter 
of relocating the Cheyenne, Wyo., 
church, and also for the sale of the 
present location. 

4. Pray for the consummation of 
the purchase of the property in 
Elyria, Ohio, and for plans to build 
a new church. 

5. Pray for the Home Mission 
Workshop to be held in Chico, Calif., 
on Feb. 22, 23, 24. 

GRACE SEMINARY— 

1. Praise the Lord for the offer- 
ing of more than $8,000 which was 
given during December through the 
monthly plan, and pray that the 
Lord will lay participation in this 
plan upon the hearts of more Breth- 
ren people. 

2. Praise the Lord for the new 
students who have entered school 
the second semester, and pray that 
they may become adjusted to the 
work of the school. 

3. Pray for the seniors in both 
seminary and college that they may 
complete their work successfully and 
that they may be guided as to their 
future plans. 

4. Pray for the health of Dr. Mc- 
Clain that he may be able to com- 
plete his ministry of writing. 

5. Pray for Christian high-school 
students all over America, that the 
Lord may direct many of them to 
Grace College. 

EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE— 

1. Pray for Crusade Team One in 
the meeting in Fillmore, Calif., Feb. 
6-20. 

2. Pray for Crusade Team Two in 
the meeting in Roanoke, Va., Feb. 
1-13. 

3. Pray for a generous offering 
for the Crusade on Evangelism Sun- 
day, Feb. 27, that we may launch out 
on the full program into which the 
Lord is leading the Board of Evan- 
gelism. 



4. Praise the Lord for the back- 
ing of the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Laymen. 

5. Praise the Lord for a good 
number of decisions already in 1955 
meetings. 

WMC (by California District)— 

1. Pray that our people will get 
the vision of the fields ready for 
harvest. 

2. Pray for the largest foreign- 
missionary offering we have ever 
had. 

3. Pray for our Sisterhood pa- 
tronesses and girls. 

SMM (by Northern Ohio District)— 

1. Continue to pray for our na- 
tional, district, and local officers that 
they might be a real blessing to 
SMM. 

2. Pray for each SMM girl that 
she might be a real testimony for 
her Lord, and that through her other 
girls may find Christ. 

3. Pray for Gail Jones and our 
national project — the Bassai dispen- 
sary and microscope which is badly 
needed. 

4. Pray for the Northern Ohio 
District rally in April. This will be 
the time for election of officers. The 
speaker will be Freda Kliever, who 
is on furlough from Africa. 

BYF— 

1. Thank the Lord for the gen- 
erous response to the BYF home- 
mission project, supplying teachers 
for DVBS in mission points. 

2. Thank the Lord for the re- 
newed interest being manifest among 
our districts in respect to youth en- 
deavors. 

3. Thank the Lord for the large 
number of Brethren young people in 
preparation for full-time service, at 
colleges, Bible schools, universities, 
and seminaries. 

4. Praise the Lord for the large 
number of fine Brethren young peo- 
ple who faithfully serve in the home 
churches. 

5. Pray that our young people 
shall be more separated from the 
world, more consecrated to the Lord. 

MISSIONARY HERALD— 

1. Pray for the leading of the 
Lord as the many details are en- 
countered in the preparation of the 
plans for the new denominational 
office building, to be built by the 
Brethren Missionary Herald. 

2. Pray for the editor as he trav- 
els among the churches on the Pa- 
cific coast Feb. 20-Mar. 13. 



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Tke BRETHREN 



WMC NUMBER 




FEBRUARY 12, 1955 




FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH OF FORT WAYNE, IND.. GREETS NEW PASTOR 

Pictures: Upper right. Rev. Mark Malles makes his first appearance before church as pastor; upper and lower 
left, pastor is greeted by congregation; lower right. Rev. Malles greeted by Miss Bobbette Osborn, member of church 
and secretary to the editor of the Missionary Herald; center, parsonage recently purchased by church. See page 112. 



WATCHFULNESS 



By HAZEL LANDRUM 



Watch ye. stand fast in the faith, quit ye like men. be 
strong" (I Cor. 16:13). 

In Matthew we read the parable of the ten virgins. 
All of them were watching for the bridegroom. Five 
were ready and waiting with their lamps filled and 
trimmed, while the other five were sleeping and neg- 
lectful. If we are to be effective Christians, we must be 
wide awake and watchful in all things. In this article we 
will consider three aspects of watchfulness — watchful- 
ness in step, supplication, and service. Watchfulness is 
something that we practice every day in practically all 
our activity. As we drive a car there must be alertness 
all the time to avoid trouble. We watch the clock to 
keep our schedule so that we will always be on time. 
We watch our little ones to keep them out of danger. 

Watchfulness in Step 

In Ephesians 5:15 Paul says. "Watch your step," in 
these words: "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not 
as fools [unwise] but as wise." If we are to walk accu- 
rately or exactly as the word signifies, it will take much 
watchfulness. Circumspect walking requires true wis- 
dom. Any other kind would be foolish on our part. If we 
are to walk in the right way, we must frequently con- 
sult our guide and the directions we have in the Bible, 
God's Word. We are not to walk as fools, who may walk 
in many directions and who do not understand what 
they are to do, or the preciousness of their souls. They 
through their own neglect and need of care fall into sin 
and destroy themselves. So let us walk as wise persons 
taught of God and endued with wisdom from above. 

Watchfulness in SiLpplication 

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in 
the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance 
and supplication for all saints" (Eph. 6:18). "Continue 
in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving" 
(Col. 4:2). 

Our best defense against spiritual enemies is prayer. 
We are to ask God's help and assistance when needed — 
praying always. "Pray without ceasing" (II Thess. 5:17). 
Not as though we are to do nothing else but pray, for 
there are other services that must be done. We can pray 
at all times for others and ourselves, having an attitude 
of prayer always, remembering to pray for the lost that 
they might be saved, and for missionaries that they may 



be given wisdom and souls. None are in so good condi- 
tion but that they need our prayers and ought to have 
them. As we pray, our praise and thanksgiving should 
be spontaneous for God's grace and goodness to us. 
Careful watching will keep our hearts always ready for 
prayer, be it praise, guidance, or thanksgiving. When 
God says, "Seek my face," this we can do and should 
want to do faithfully. No matter what may happen in 
our outward circumstances we can still pray. "Watch ye 
and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly 
is ready, but the flesh is weak" (Mark 14:38). Let us 
watch that we fail not in all aspects of our prayer life. 
Guard your time spent with the Lord as a precious 
jewel. 

Watchfulness in Service 

History tells us that during the Revolutionary War 
the minute-men took their guns along to the fields, so 
they would be ready to serve their country on a min- 
ute's notice. Although working, they were watching. 
Even though we are working, we can be watching and 
ready for service. "I beseech you, therefore, brethren, 
by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a 
living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is 
your reasonable service" (Rom. 12:1). Our part is to 
present ourselves to the Lord, and He will show us 
where we are to serve. No matter how large or small a 
service is, it is to be done faithfully. God has a place for 
each of us and no one can fill another's place. He has 
given each person different talents. Some people have 
more talents than others, but He expects each person to 
use his talent or talents to the best of his ability. Christ 
very effectively pictured this in the parable where He 
taught that from those who are given much, much is 
required. From those who are given a smaller amount, 
less is expected. The thing that counts most with the 
Lord is being faithful and doing our best. All of our 
service must be for God's glory. How wonderful it is 
that we serve a true and living God. "For they them- 
selves shew of us what manner of entering in we had 
unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve 
the living and true God" (I Thess. 1:9). Wherever we go 
we should be looking for opportunities to serve the Lord. 
We can serve Him in many ways: we don"t have to go 
to Africa or some far-off island of the sea. We can wake 
up each morning with the realization that here, wher- 



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Entered as second-class matter April 16. 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind., under the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. $2.00 a year; 100-percent churches. $1.50; foreign. $3.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees. president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William Schaffer, secretary; Ord Gehman. treasurer; Bryson Fetters, 
member-at-large to Executive Committee; Waiter Lepp, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, True Hunt, Lyle W. Marvin, Arnold 
R. Krieebaum, ex officio. 



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Who's Who for February 




REV. KENNETH ASHMAN 

For the third and final month 
we are studying Grace Seminary. 
This month we look at it from the 
standpoint of a trustee of the 
school. 

Our writer is Rev. Kenneth 
Ashman, son of Dr. Charles Ash- 
man and husband of our own be- 
loved national WMC president. 
He was born on April 25, 1913, 
at Pleasant Hill, Ohio, the son of 
Charles and Flora Ashman. His 
father is now pastor of the Fremont Avenue Brethren 
Church, South Pasadena, Calif.; his mother is in glory. 
Brother Ashman received his early education in 
Johnstown, Pa., while his father was a pastor there. He 
graduated from Ashland College and was a member of 
the first graduating class of Grace Seminary when it was 
located at Akron, Ohio. 

Brother Ashman has held several Brethren pastorates 
at Mundy's Corner, Pa.; Meyersdale and Summit Mills. 
Pa.: and at Wooster. Ohio. In addition to being in his 
tenth year at Wooster and carrying on a daily radio pro- 
gram., he holds several important national offices in the 
Brethren Church; namely, president. Youth Council; 
secretary, Foreign Missionary Society; board member, 
Grace College and Seminary; moderator of the Northern 
Ohio District. 

Brother Ashman met his wife, our Harriet, in college. 
They were married in 1939 and have two daughters. 

With such a background, Brother Ashman can speak 
authoritatively to us on the subject of Grace College 
and Seminarv. 







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REV. DONALD OGDEN 

Our Bible study for February 
comes to us from Rev. Donald 
Ogden, professor of music at 
Grace College and Seminary. 

Prof. Ogden was born Sept. 20, 
1926, in Whittier, Calif., the sec- 
ond son of Dr. and Mrs. W. A. 
Ogden. His father is now pastor 
of the First Brethren Church of 
Johnstown, Pa., and also presi- 
dent of the board of trustees of 
Grace College and Seminary. His 
mother, Frances, is a former national WMC president. 

Prof. Ogden received his early education in California 
and took his college work at Bob Jones University in 
Tennessee. After graduating from Bob Jones in 1948 
with an A. B. degree in sacred music he spent two addi- 
tional years there teaching on a graduate fellowship 
while earning his M. A. degree. Upon receiving it he 
entered Grace Seminary to take his theological studies 
and at the same time became an instructor in music, a 
position he held throughout his entire seminary course. 

Upon graduation from seminary in 1954 he became the 
first full-time instructor in the music department of 
the college and is actively engaged in building a credit- 
able music department and integrating it into the ex- 
panding college program. 

In addition to his responsibilities in the college. Prof. 
Ogden is assistant to Dr. Herman Koontz, pastor of the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church, serving as music and 
youth director. He is married to a college sweetheart, 
Wanita Reeves, and they have two children, Kathleen 
and Ronald. 



ever we are. is a field of service, and we can look for 
work to do. 

A NEW START 

I will start anew this morning with a higher, fairer 
creed; 

I will cease to stand complaining of my ruthless neigh- 
bor's greed; 

I will cease to sit repining while my duty's call is clear; 

I will waste no moment whining, and my heart shall 
know no fear. 

I will look sometimes about me for the things that merit 
praise; 

I will search for hidden beauties that elude the grum- 
bler's gaze. 

I will try to find contentment in the paths that I must 
tread : 

I will cease to have resentment when another moves 
ahead. 

I will not be swayed by envy when my rival's strength 
is shown; 

I will not deny his merit, but I'll strive to prove my own; 

I will try to see the beauty spread before me, rain or 
shine; 

I will cease to preach your duty, and be more concerned 
with mine. — Unknown. 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS FOR APRIL 



Africa — 

Miss Edith Geske April 6 

Bozoum via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Mrs. Robert Williams April 15 

Batangafo via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Argentina — 
Rev. Solon W. Hoyt April 2 

Calle 31. No. 33, Don Bosco. F.C.G.R., Argentina. South America. 

Peter Philip Marshall April 23, 1953 

178 Calle Reconquista. Corral de Bustos, F.C.N. G.B.M., Argen- 
tina. South America. 

Robert Luis Dowdy April 26, 1948 

Jorge Ross 631. La Carlota, F.C.N.G.B.M., Argentina, South 
America. 

Rev. Donald E. Bishop April 29 

Maipu 1148. Rio Cuarto. F.C.N.G.B.M., Argentina. South America. 

Brazil- 
John Robert Zielasko April 10, 1948 

Caixa Postal 861. Belem. Para, Brazil. 

Mexico — 

Mrs. Sibley Edmiston April 14 

219 N. Meadow, Laredo, Tex., U. S. A. 



February 12, 1955 



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WMC MISSIONARIES FOR 1955 

One of the WMC projects in recent years which has been enthusiastically adopted by all of our councils and 
which promises to grow and expand from year to year is the Birthday Offering, which is being used to pay the 
salary allowance of our own WMC missionary or missionaries on Brethren mission fields. It was decided at National 
Conference in 1953 that the missionaries supported by our WMC Birthday Offering would be chosen at each National 
Conference for the ensuing year. 

Our first WMC missionary, chosen at conference in 1953 for the year 1954, was Mrs. Loree Sickel, pioneer mis- 
sionary to Argentina and widow of the Argentine field superintendent, Dr. Clarence Sickel. We are certain that any 
investment, financially or in prayer, which we have mads in this missionary has borne and will continue to bear 
fruit for eternity. 

At the National Conference in 1954, when the time came for choosing our missionary for 1955, we found that 
the response had been so enthusiastic that we had enough money to adopt TWO missionaries. Since we invested in 
Argentina last year and had chosen Brazil for our regular foreign-missions project this year, we turned to Africa to 
choose our WMC missionaries of the year 1955. In consultation with the foreign-mission office, we chose the two 
ladies with the longest term of service who were not partially or wholly supported by some other giroup. We present 
them to you in this issue. As you give your birthday offei ing to keep them and others on the field do not forget that 
an even greater need is our daily upholding of them in p' ayer. Make them a daily part of your prayer list and re- 
member them also in united prayer on the 15th of each month. Read carefully Miss Emmert's article in this issue. 




MISS ESTELLA MYERS 

Miss Estella Myers is the only 
living member of the original 
Brethren party who sailed for 
Africa on January 8, 1918, during 
World War I. She has pioneered 
in central Africa long and well. 

Estella is a native of the State 
of Iowa and a member of the 
Brethren church at North Eng- 
lish. Iowa. She was brought up in 
the Brethren Church, her father 
being an elder of the church. 
When Estella volunteered for the Africa mission field 
to pioneer with the Gribbles, she was already a graduate 
nurse, having taken her nurses training in Des Moines. 
Iowa. Her medical training gave her many open doors 
in the early and difficult days in darkest Africa. A fuller 
account of those early events may be gotten from Dr. 
Gribble's "Undaunted Hope." 

Estella is a consecrated, self-sacrificing missionary, 
and in spite of having spent 37 years in service, with 
only four furloughs to the United States and one to 
South Africa, she can still "work circles" around many 
of her younger colleagues. Your editor knows whereof 
she speaks, having lived and worked with Estella for 
a number of years at Bassai. 

Estella is a tireless missionary whether her activity 
consists of treating sick Africans, nursing a fellow mis- 
sionary back to health, preaching the Gospel, itinerating 
from village to village, teaching men, women, boys, and 
girls to read the Word of God, translating the Word into 
the language of the people, or championing the cause of 
some downtrodden Christian woman or girl. 

Probably Miss Myers' greatest triumph has been the 
translation of the New Testament into the Karre lan- 
guage at Bassai. Many years of heartache, study, and 
hard work were necessary before that printed Testa- 
ment reached the hands of the Karre Christians. Only 
those who worked with her realize how tremendous was 
that task. When it had been completed, she said to me: 
"Now I feel I can say as did Simeon when he saw the 

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MRS. WILHELMINA KENNEDY 

Mrs. Wilhelmina Kennedy 
("Minnie" to her friends) is the 
other WMC missionary for 1955. 
Minnie is also a veteran in mis- 
sionary service, having just com- 
pleted 30 years. She and her hus- 
band, Lester, members of the 
First Brethren Church of Phila- 
delphia, Pa., first sailed for Africa 
via Belgium on January 17, 1925. 
as bride and groom of a few 
months. 
That first term of service was a very full one. They 
not only served at Bassai but later in their term at the 
newly founded station at Bellevue in the Gbea tribe. It 
was also during that first four-year term that both of 
their sons, Lester, Jr., and Paul, were born. 

During the Kennedys' first furlough they felt def- 
initely led to leave their children in the homeland and 
not take them back to the pioneer hardships in Africa. 
They were fortunate in that Minnie has a sister, Miss 
Louise Schwab, who felt it was the Lord's will for her 
to devote her life to making a home for the children. 
However, even under such a good arrangement what 
heartbreak those young parents must have endured as 
they left their children, mere babes, for the Lord's sake. 
In this first great test Minnie proved herself to be true 
"missionary material." But she was to be tested still 
more, for within a few months after returning to Africa, 
Mr. Kennedy became seriously ill and, after weeks of 
intense suffering, went to be with the Lord. He was laid 
to rest on Bassai hill, not far from Mr. Gribble, who had 
already gone home. 

What was this young widow to do? Return to her 
children or carry on where her husband had given his 
all? Now the reason for leaving the children at home 
became plain. How could she have gotten through those 
trying months if she had had them with her? As she 
wrestled with her problem she decided to stay on the 
field. Her children were in loving hands and she had 
been called to Africa. And so. for 23 years Minnie has 
continued to serve in Africa. 

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a graduate nurse, she had some training and has been 
an effective medical worker through the years. She is 
also an excellent teacher, an accomplished linguist, and 
an enthusiastic translator of the Scriptures. She has 
served on several of our stations. Bassai. Yaloke, Belle- 
vue, and Bekoro have all been home to her and have all 
been blessed by her ministry. She speaks all these lan- 
guages fluently. 

For the past nine years she has been living at the 
Bekoro station among the Kabba tribe. Like Estella 



Myers, she also has a great burden to give the Word of 
God to the people in their own tongue. When she went 
to Bekoro she found a wide-open door, as no one else 
had begun translations in Kabba. That, then, has become 
her greatest task and she has already given the people 
part of the New Testament in Kabba. 

Minnie has lived to see her older son, Lester, return 
to the land of his birth, for he and his family are now 
serving the Lord on the same field to which his parents 
have given their all. 



THE FIFTEENTH 



By MARY EMMERT, National Prayer Chairman 



Even the unconverted around our mission stations in 
Africa know what le quinze means. They may not know 
much French, but they know that le quinze means the 
15th of the month, when the Christians gather to pray. 
They are impressed because these meetings continue on 
and off throughout the whole day and are well attended. 

What has the 15th of the month come to mean to you? 
Have you entered into the fellowship of this entire 
brotherhood prayer meeting? Have you felt the kinship 
there is in uniting as a whole church to pray for our 
missions on that day? Let us make the day one of serious 
intercession really dedicated to the work of the Lord. 
May there not be one church left anywhere in our fel- 
lowship that fails to enter wholeheartedly into this day 
of prayer when we unitedly look to the Lord to bless 
our work at home and on the mission fields. We need a 
greater vision of what God can do through united inter- 
cession. 

You may say that you pray for the missionaries each 
Wednesday or Thursday evening at the weekly prayer 
meeting. Yes; but there are so many local needs to be 
remembered that you probably end your prayer by say- 
ing, "God bless all our missionaries," and let it rest at 
that. Do you really think that qualifies as genuine inter- 
cession? 

Rather, let us get out our missionary prayer calendars, 
our Prayer Pointers in the Herald, and the home- 
mission requests that are mailed to our pastors, and let 
us really pray through them. 

Someone objected to these latter by saying that our 
own needs were much the same and just as great as 



MISS ESTELLA MYERS 

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baby Jesus, 'Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in 
peace.' The work I lived for is finally completed." 

But that was eight years ago! The Karre New Testa- 
ment, over which she had labored so long, was not to be 
her last work. Having given the Karre the Word in their 
own language and having taught them to read it, her 
pioneer spirit drove her on to other tribes, and before 
long she had gone to help establish another station at 
Nzoro There she has been once again engaged in giving 
to the Panna people the Word of God in their own lan- 
guage. Together with her nephew, Donald Miller, and 
his family, she continues to serve the Lord faithfully and 
lovingly. In Estella Myers our WMC has a missionary 
who has few equals anywhere for devotion and service. 



those of the home-mission churches. Just how selfish 
and nearsighted can we get? It is true that we have the 
same problems to some extent, but there is definitely a 
blessing in praying one for another, and this is one of 
God's ways of permitting us to help in the work of 
building new churches. 

Perhaps someone else says: "But I can accomplish 
more at home in private intercession." But do you? 
Those that are most faithful in this respect usually are 
the most eager for the group prayer meetings also. The 
prayer band is to encourage faithfulness in private in- 
tercession, and the 15th of the month special prayer day 
is to bring these intercessors into the open where they 
can labor together in behalf of those whom they have 
helped to send to the harvest fields. "And let us consider 
one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as 
the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and 
so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Heb. 
10:24-25). If we need any further proof that there is 
value in meeting together for prayer, we have only to 
consider how the disciples banded together in the upper 
room and at the home of John Mark's mother. Certainly 
both private and public prayer are necessary for a well- 
balanced prayer life. 

Some good suggestions have been received from vari- 
ous prayer chairmen, which I trust will be of practical 
value to you. 

In several of our city churches, to help solve the prob- 
lems of transportation and baby-sitting, they hold cot- 
tage prayer meeting simultaneously in different sections 
of the city on the 15th. 

In another church, where most of the ladies work, 
each one has taken a different hour of the day on the 
15th for prayer, so that there is continuous prayer from 
8 a. m. to 8 p. m. Then they meet in a group on the 
Wednesday evening before the 15th, as a prayer band, 
using the special requests in the Herald and elsewhere. 

Where there is a large group of intercessors, some have 
found it a good plan to divide the group into three or 
four parts and send them to different rooms so that all 
have an opportunity to pray. 

One church I know meets for an all-day meeting of 
the WMC every month. The forenoon is spent in prayer, 
a sack lunch is enjoyed at noon, and the regular meeting 
is held in the afternoon. Another one does likewise, only 
the all-day meeting is always on the 15th, and part of 
the day is spent in rolling bandages to help in the SMM 
project. 

The Prayer Pointers and other long lists of requests 



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could be cut into sections to be distributed and prayed 
for aloud. Then the slips could be taken home by those 
holding them and remembered in prayer throughout the 
month. Some people follow similar methods in their own 
devotions. They divide the list of missionaries into seven 
groups and pray for one group each day, mentioning 
each individual missionary and their needs. 

Different phases of our work may be specially remem- 
bered on different days also, such as foreign mission- 
aries, native Christians, home missions, seminary. Her- 
ald, youth and Sunday-school work, and local church. 
Those wishing a more personal touch with missionaries 
may ask the foreign-mission office to put their names on 
the mailing list for the general letters sent out by the 
missionaries through that office. These letters should be 



passed around to those who are interested, however, in- 
stead of being discarded after one hasty reading. 

The Lord can use each of His children in full-time 
intercession. No one of us can complain that we do not 
have at least one talent. But let us beware lest we have 
wrapped it in a napkin and buried it like the man in the 
parable. 

It is my sincere hope that every one of our churches 
in the homeland and on the mission fields may meet 
around the mercy seat on the 15th of the month for real 
thorough intercession for the missionary work which the 
Lord has entrusted into our hands to do. God grant also 
that we may each be faithful in our prayer closets in 
the work of intercession. "Moreover it is required in 
stewards, that a man be found faithful" (I Cor. 4:2). 



THE WMC SCHOOL BUILDING IN NAVAHOLAND 



Two years ago we ladies of the WMC took a two-year 
home-mission project. During these two years we set 
ourselves a goal of $5,000 for the building of a school- 
building for the "neglected Navahos" on our Brethren 
mission station. Our two quarters allotted to this offering 
have passed and you are probably just as anxious as 
your editor was to know whether or not we had gone 
"over the top." We are proud of the following figures. 

The home-mission office reports that our total offering 
for the school last year amounted to $2,726.51, and a 
recent letter from Mrs. McCall, our financial secretary, 
reports that this year's offering to date amounts to 
$2,883.40. If my figures are correct, that means our 
"$5,000 goal" has already reached $5,609.91. Praise the 
Lord! The office reports also that the building will cost 
nearer $6,000 than $5,000 when completed, but the Lord 
is helping us meet that additional expense. If any coun- 
cils have not yet sent in their home-mission offering, 
please do so at once. 

We are happy to share with you the following letters 
from the Navaho station: 

"Dear Mrs. Ashman and ladies of the WMC: 

"Greetings in the Lord's name from the Navaho mis- 
sion. I am sending some enlargements of the school 
building. It is 75 feet long and 25 feet wide with a "T" 
forming wing at the middle of the back of the building 
which extends out 22 feet and is 25 feet wide also. The 
building will house the following spaced rooms: two 
classrooms, each 25 feet square; a vestibule 10 by 25 feet, 
which has the main entrance and admits entrance to any 
room in the building. Two small rooms occupy part of 
this vestibule space, one a toilet room for the teachers, 
the other a closet for the storage of school materials. The 
remainder of the building is one large room, 25 by 35 
feet. This room is to be the recreation-meeting hall. It 
will be used for the wintertime recreation of the chil- 
dren, and also will become the meeting hall for our 
chapel and church services, school parties, etc. I have a 
recent letter from the schools of Las Cruces, N. Mex., 
and they have on hand enough old school desks to equip 
our classrooms, which we can have free as soon as we 
can get to the south of the state with our truck and pick 
them up. 

"The progress is slow on these projects, but we are 



living and working in a situation that doesn't permit 
things to progress at "city" speed. One of the "miracles" 
to us is to see the completed building sitting there, hav- 
ing been erected in 10 days from the foundation. [Note: 
The Brethren Construction Company went out and 
erected the shell of the building. — Ed.] We will not plan 
to use the schoolrooms until next school year, since we 
are not equipped nor staffed to take any additional stu- 
dents now. The gas line is up to the building now so that 
it can be used the rest of the winter for snowbound 
recreation as the need arises. 

"We wish again, as a group here at the misison, to ex- 
press our joy and thanks for the new building that you 
women of the WMC all over the nation have made pos- 
sible. Somehow the Navaho mission is very much a 
WMC project: three of the staff of four are WMCers; the 
new schoolbuilding is totally a WMC gift; and much of 
the other equipment such as quilts, clothing, medicines, 
dishes, and teaching materials are gifts from groups and 
individuals of the WMC across the country. We wish 
that many of you might sometime in the future have the 
opportunity to stop and see your gifts in action and use. 
We will have further reports of the progress and use of 
the building which you ladies have made possible here 
in Navaholand. 

"In His name, 

"(Signed) Evan Adams 
"(For the staff, Joan Adams, Mary Baer. Angie Garber)" 

"Dear WMC ladies: 

"We would like to thank each of you for your part in 
giving the Navaho people an abundant Christmas. The 
children were given large sacks of gifts before they went 
home for their vacation and then the hogans were visited 
and gifts distributed there. 

"We especially appreciated the generous checks and 
gifts of money you sent. There are so many needed 
things we can get to make life happier for our children. 

"The mission workers greatly appreciated your ex- 
pressions of love to them. We were all well supplied with 
practical gifts. Thank you every one and may our Lord 
reward you for your sacrifices which make it possible 
to carry on this needy work. 

"In Him, 

"Angie Garber." 



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SISTERHOOD TH£M£~ 1954 ~ 1955 





BILLBOARDS 



(COL. 3:17) 



By Ava Schnittjer 



Scene I. The kitchen at Jane's house. Mary knocks at 
the door. 

JANE (washing dishes and humming a chorus): Come 
on in. I'm in the kitchen, Mary. 

MARY (coming in): Hi, Jane. Oh — dishes. Are you 
about through? I hoped we'd have time to stop at the 
drugstore. 

JANE: I won't be much longer. Just as soon as I finish 
these pans. Mm — something sticks to this one. 

MARY: Couldn't you leave it? Maybe your mother 
would finish them. I hate to do dishes, don't you? It 
makes your hands look like a wrinkled prune. 

JANE: That's the way I felt about it, too, until I heard 
the secret. 

MARY: Secret? What secret is that? 

JANE (looking round): Sh— I'll tell you if you'll 
promise to prove it before you tell anyone else. 

MARY: I don't get it. 

JANE: Well, you wouldn't want to tell a lie. So I don't 
want you to tell it to anyone until you prove it's true — 
like gossip, you know. Promise? 

MARY: O. K. But hurry and tell me. I'm dying of 
curiosity. 

Jane whispers to Mary. 

MARY (with some doubt): You aren't just putting 
on? Do you mean, Jane, that you really like to do those 
dishes? 

JANE: Honest. I wouldn't think of letting anyone fin- 
ish this hard pan for me. 

PROGRAM GUIDE FOR MARCH 

THEME SONG— Sing "Footprints of Jesus" and repeat 
the year's verse, Colossians 1:10. 

TALENT — Have a special number by one or more of the 
girls in your local group if possible. 

LIFE'S ROADMAP— Read the Scripture, I Corinthians 
10:12-13, 23-31. 

PRAYER CIRCLE— "Prayer Changes Things." Believe 
it? 

HELP FOR OUR CHRISTIAN WALK— Seniors study 
"Billboards," and middlers study the article by Mrs. 
Dixon, "After His Image — Compassion." 

CHORUS TIME— "Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to 
sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and 
praise is comely" (Ps. 147:1). Sing favorites of the 
girls pertaining to walk. 

LEARNING THE PAST— Brethren Church History VII. 
If you miss one go back and review. This is a very 
helpful study. Close by singing one stanza of "Foot- 
prints of Jesus" and saying the SMM benediction. 

SMM BUSINESS MEETING. 



MARY: That amazes me. I've put on an apron and 
tried to look nice in the kitchen — to impress someone — 
but to really like to do dishes 

JANE: Remember your promise now, Mary. There, 
I'm finished. And here come the rest of the gang. Let's go. 

Scene II. Mary is at her desk in her room working 
algebra. She's humming under her breath as she works. 
Her mother calls. 

MOTHER: Mary, Louise is here to see you. 

MARY: Tell her to come up please. Mother. 

LOUISE: Hi, Mary. 

MARY: Hi. Louise. Just getting through work? 

LOUISE: Yes. What a job! (Looking at Mary's book) 
Oh — algebra, (dramatically) "How do I loathe thee? 
Let me count the ways!" 

MARY: Louise, I think I might write a book, "Algebra 
Can Be Fun, or, You, Too, Can Enjoy Algebra." 

LOUISE: Not me. We're mortal enemies. Come on, 
Mary. Let's go have a coke. 

MARY: I'd really like to finish this algebra lesson 
first. This one problem has me puzzled. If X plus 3 is 
equal to 

LOUISE: You sound as if you're really interested in 
that. 

MARY: To tell you the truth, I am. 

LOUISE: What gives? I thought you didn't like any 
of your subjects except music. 

MARY: That was before I learned the secret. 

LOUISE: I can't imagine any secret making me like 
to work algebra or wait on tables. 

MARY: It worked for Jane, and it worked for me. 

LOUISE: Well, what is it? Don't keep me in suspense. 

MARY: You have to promise something first. 

LOUISE: O. K. I won't tell anybody. 

MARY (smiling): That's not exactly what you have 
to promise. Promise to prove it yourself before you 
tell it. 

LOUISE (impatiently): O. K. I promise. Now, what 
is it? 

Mary whispers to her, and Louise's expression changes 
as she listens. 

LOUISE: Did that really make you feel different 
about algebra? 

MARY: Yes; about algebra, about dusting the rounds 
of the chairs, about doing the ironing, about studying 
my Sunday-school lesson. It really changed everything. 

LOUISE: I believe you. You really seem different — 
like when the sun comes out from under a cloud. But I 
don't know if I could 

MARY: You promised, Louise. Here's some paper. 
Let's both finish our algebra and then we'll go down 



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to the kitchen and get a coke. Jane and Ellen are coming 
over about 8. (They start working.) 

Scene III. Mary, Louise, Jane, and Ellen are sitting 
around the kitchen table with cold drinks. The girls' 
heads are bowed and we hear just the end of a prayer. 

JANE: . . . we ask in Jesus' name with thanksgiving. 
Amen. 

LOUISE (as they start to sip their drinks): Guess 
what, girls. My algebra is all finished for tomorrow. 

ELLEN: I can't believe it. What happened? 

LOUISE: It's a secret of Mary's and Jane's. But I just 
have to know more about it. What started it? 

JANE: Well, to begin with, I read about the Pharisees. 
The Pharisees had the Scriptures written on their fore- 
heads and on the borders of their clothes. These were 
were, that they were very strict and kept the law. 
signs — billboards — showing what kind of people they 

MARY: And yet, the Lord Jesus called them hypo- 
crites. 

JANE: So I wondered what billboards I had to show 
I was a Christian. I go to Sunday school and church and 
prayer meeting and Sisterhood. 

MARY: In one way that seems like a lot, but still it 
wasn't nearly so much as the Pharisees did in keeping 
all the law. 

ELLEN: So you wondered what other billboards you 
could put up? 

JANE: Yes; and the answer came in Colossians 3:17: 
"Whatsoever ye do in word or in deed, do all in the 
name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the 
Father by him." 

LOUISE: "Whatsoever ye do in word or in deed" in- 
cludes just about everything, doesn't it? 

MARY: That's just what we found out. It's one thing 
to sing hymns, go to church, and pray "in Jesus' name," 
but it's another thing to do everything in obedience to 
Him and depending on His help. 

JANE: To put "in Christ's name" over our lips in 
everything we say, is about the best guard we could 
have to keep our lips from evil. 

MARY: And when you give thanks to God, through 
Christ, for an algebra problem, somehow Christ helps 
you to solve it, and you're so thankful that you're chal- 
lenged to go on to another. It works in a circle: the more 
thankful you are, the more He blesses you; and the 
more He blesses you, the more thankful you are. 

JANE: And when we're truly thankful for all the 
mercies of God — when I take time to thank Him for sal- 
vation, it makes me want to talk to other girls about it. 
And I found too that they listen because they know it's 
something real. 

ELLEN: I believe that. Jane looks as if someone had 
turned a light on inside her, doesn't she? 

LOUISE: They both do. Now I'm a little slow, but I'm 
catching on. You don't mean you say "in Jesus' name" 
every time you do something, do you? 

ELLEN (interrupting): She just means to do every- 
thing in a Christian spirit, and to be conscious all the 
time of Christ's presence and to have the conviction of 
His approval. 

LOUISE: I really do see. My Mom and Daddy fell in 
love and were married. He gave her his name and prom- 
ised to take care of her; she gave up her name and took 
his, and since then everything she does is as Mrs. Martin. 

ELLEN: She is Mrs. Martin. "I am crucified with 




1. BIRTHDAY PROJECT— Do you like to receive 
birthday gifts? I'm sure all of you do. April is the birth- 
day month of Sisterhood. Our SMM will be 42 years old 
in April. Our birthday project each year is to give an 
offering for the higher education of missionaries' chil- 
dren. You can receive a real blessing from taking part 
in this project. Try to do something different this year. 
Don't forget! This offering must be in to the national 
treasurer by May 10. 

2. ANOTHER BIRTHDAY? Yes; Miss Gail Jones' 
birthday is March 31. She is our missionary at Bassai, 
where the Sisterhood is building a new dispensary. I'm 
sure she would enjoy hearing from your group. Her ad- 
dress is as follows: Mission a Bassai, Bozoum via Bangui, 
Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

3. SPRING CABINET MEETING— Had your cabinet 
meeting yet this spring? This is the time to begin check- 
ing to see if you will be an honor group this year. 

4. GOALS — How are you coming along in your Bible 
reading and your memory verses? Better get busy — time 
is flying! 



Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth 
in me." That's why all I do should be in His name. 

MARY: In the New Testament the disciples cast out 
devils in His name, and healed people in His name. 
When we do everything — word or deed — in His name. 
He gives a new purpose to our lives. Tasks that were 
monotonous gain a kind of nobility. 

JANE: And you simply can't say unkind things about 
other girls and say you're doing it in Jesus' name. 

LOUISE (rising) Nine o'clock. I have to go home. 

MARY: So soon? 

LOUISE: Mother's orders. (Going to door) And if I'm 
going to be one of the "whatsoever" girls, I'll start by 
obeying my parents. 

JANE: We all should go. 

LOUISE (coming back toward the group): And the 
second thing I'll do is give thanks for the evening and 
for the things I've learned. Somehow I think I'm going to 
be a happier Christian from now on. Good night every- 
body. 

MARY: Good night, Louise. Good night, Jane and 
Ellen. 

GIRLS: Good night, Mary. Thank you for a nice eve- 
ning. 

Mary comes back in humming and smiling, pauses by 
the table where they were sitting, sits down, and after 
a moment bows her head in silent prayer From outside 
someone reads softly Colossians 3:17. 



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HISTORY OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH— VI * **. g^m *■««. 



Last month we had a look at the offshoot from the 
Brethren Church known as the "Ephrata Movement." 
This month we shall trace the history of the Tunkers or 
Brethren to the famous division of 1882. It is important 
for you as SMM girls to know of this so that you might 
understand two other denominational groups who are 
closely related to our own church. 

Though most of the Brethren were not particularly 
aggressive or well educated, they made a steady increase 
in numbers. As people migrated west and south, the 
church also spread into these areas. Many made great 
sacrifices for the extension of their church and her 
beliefs. 

We can well be proud that though the Brethren were 
small in numbers compared to some Protestant groups, 
they made several important contributions to their 
country. The first Bible printed in America was printed 
in German by Christopher Sauer. a Brethren printer in 
Philadelphia, Pa. The first Sunday school in America 
was held in a Brethren church by the same Christopher 
Sauer. He gathered the young people together on Sun- 
day afternoons for Bible study. 

As you remember, the Brethren had originally come 
to America to escape religious persecution and the for- 
malism of the established church. However, as the years 
passed, some of this crept back into the church, and it 
seemed to be losing its democratic spirit. 

The churches came to be ruled more and more by a 
small group of men known as the "Standing Committee" 



of the Annual Meeting. Any group of Brethren which 
did not obey its commands were liable to be put out 
of the denomination. 

There seemed to be no disagreement over doctrine 
among the Brethren, but there was a great deal of dis- 
agreement over such things as whether the churches 
should have Sunday schools, prayer meetings, and re- 
vival meetings. Some felt the church should not have 
colleges or institutions of higher learning and that min- 
isters of the church should not have special education or 
be paid for their ministry. There was also disagreement 
about the dress of the members. 

By the year 1882 these disagreements had come to the 
breaking point. Several prominent leaders had been 
expelled from the denomination. Those who were put 
out or withdrew from the denomination were known as 
"Progressives." This is the group known as simply 
"Brethren" today, and, of course, is our own beloved 
denomination. 

There are two other bodies of Dunkards resulting 
from the division of 1882. The one is the radically con- 
servative group known as the "Old German Baptist" or 
"Old Orders." They hold to the plain dress of the early 
Dunkards. The other group of Dunkards is "The Church 
of the Brethren." They were known as the "Conserva- 
tives." 

These three groups of Dunkards still practice the same 
ordinances of baptism by trine immersion, feetwashing. 
love feast, and the communion of the bread and cup. But 
in church government they are widely different. 



AFTER HIS IMAGE— COMPASSION 



By Mrs. James Dixon 



We have been studying, from month to month, how we 
may "walk worthy of the Lord" and how to "please Him 
in everything." We have learned that we must "increase 
in the knowledge of God" if we are to know His will for 
our lives. 

When a person becomes a Christian he receives from 
God a new nature. This means that a Christian has been 
created anew in the image of God. This transformation 
will be complete when we see Jesus Christ "face to 
face." "We shall be like him; for we shall see him as he 
is "(I John 3:2b). 

While we are awaiting that day. we become more like 
Him as we come to know Him better. Let us strive to be 
like Him in every way. He was sinless. Let us put sin 
out of our lives. However, being like Him isn't simply 
putting off sin; it is also putting on His nature. We are 
being recreated in His image. (Read Colossian 3:10.) 

The reason God saved us was that we might be "con- 
formed to His image." The lesson we have to learn this 
month is that we should be conformed to His "heart of 
compassion." (Note: "Heart of compassion" is a better 
translation of "bowels of mercies," Col. 3:12.) 

"Compassion" means to "suffer with"; that is, to share 
the suffering with the one who is suffering. But thou, O 
Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long- 
suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth" (Ps. 86:15). 

The Son of God became the Son of man that He might 
share all the burdens and heartaches of mankind. Jesus 



saw a leper and "moved with compassion he healed 
him" (Mark 1:41). He wept with those who mourned at 
the grave of Lazarus. He raised the dead. 

We have an High Priest who is "touched with the 
feeling of our infirmities"; that is, He understands com- 
pletely what we are suffering. He hears our prayers and 
answers them because He understands. 

To be like Him we must lay aside our selfish, self- 
interested lives and be concerned with the needs of 
others. There must be no room for snobbishness, jeal- 
ousy, cliques, but rather a concern for the feelings of 
others. 

Let us "rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep 
with them that weep" (Rom. 12:15). 

Let us make it the goal of our lives to heal the broken- 
hearted, comfort those who are sick, visit the lonely, 
care for those who are weak. If we do this we will "walk 
worthy of the Lord." 

(To the leader: You might sing "I Would Be Like 
Jesus.") 

Questions for the leader to think through: 
l.What everyday experiences can you think of in which 
we need a heart of compassion? 

2. What does Christ's compassion toward you mean 
in your own spiritual life? 

3. Does it affect your prayer life to know that God is 
a God of compassion? How? 



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ALL ABOARD! ALL ABOARD! FOR 



ATRIP TO SISTERHOODS 



First Stop — Albany, Oreg., Middler SMM — 

These girls meet on the third Sunday of each month 
for their devotional meeting and designate the first 
Monday of the month to worknights. One of the high- 
lights of the year is their project for the Northwest Dis- 
trict trophy which is to be given this spring. They have 
adopted a very lovely little Navaho girl and have been 
sending her gifts, etc., on special days of the year. In 
order to encourage the girls to come to the work meet- 
ings, an all-night slumber party was planned. Bandages 
were rolled, and a good time was enjoyed by all. They 
also brought some gifts for Celenia Keetso, their Navaho 
girl, to send her for Christmas. The girls feel that per- 
haps one of the greatest joys was experienced when a 
lady who goes to their church brought two new girls 
into the Sisterhood meeting. These two girls have now 
been saved and one is a member of the SMM. This is an 
aim of Sisterhood and we know that these girls will 
some day receive their full awards from their Lord! 

Next, the Temple City, Calif., Junior SMM — 

These girls are truly enjoying this year of Sisterhood. 
Their high attendance record so far has been 20 plus 
three patronesses. They have already rolled 1,000 band- 
ages! On New Year's Eve the girls all enjoyed a slumber 
party, following a candlelight service which they pre- 
sented in the church. Praise the Lord for such an active 
group of girls! 

We Hurry to the Junior Sisterhood in Waterloo, Iowa — 

Here's another active group! They have 10 new girls 
who have neary earned their pennants, and have had a 
definite part in the district project and the general fund 
offering of the national work. They're going to tell us 
about their December meeting: "Our projects in skit 
form and presentation were presented to our mothers 
at this meeting. The skit, "The Last Bandage," was pre- 
sented in full dress — the nurse, three African women 
with black faces, gloves, and stockings, wearing 'odd 
dresses.' We also had a horse — it was really funny, but 
the message of the play was clearly brought out. Follow- 
ing the play we had a time of singing carols and reading 
the Christmas story. Each girl brought some supplies 
which we sent to Miss Evelyn Fuqua in Kentucky. The 
mothers all received aprons which the girls made, and a 
nice lunch was served We believe that much was accom- 
plished for the Lord." 

And a Run Over to the North English, Iowa. Sisterhood — 

The girls have just enjoyed a combined New Year's 
Eve "watch and slumber" party. At Christmastime a 
letter of greeting and a small gift were sent to Nancy 
and Barbara Miller. Two layettes were made and sent to 
the Navaho Mission at Cuba, N. Mex. They presented a 
Halloween party to which they invited the BYF of their 
own church and also a neighboring one. Earlier they 
entered a float in the parade at the North English Cen- 
tennial. The girls portrayed modern and old-time scenes. 
In the background was a cross with an angel pointing to 
the testimony. The theme was "100 years makes changes, 
but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and for- 



PRAYER REQUESTS 




Pray for all the local 
Sisterhoods, that they will 
work hard on their goals 
and projects. 

Pray for the national of- 
ficers, for most of them are 
in school and have quite a 
lot to keep them busy. 

Pray for Miss Gail Jones 
and our national project. 
We have a goal of $1,700— 
we can certainly reach it 
and go beyond! 

Pray for all the home 
and foreign missionaries. 
They have many needs 
and problems. 



ever." The girls say, "We hope and pray that the Lord 
was glorified." 

A Change; We Take You to the Elkhart, Ind., Middlers — 

This is a small group — in fact, there are only three 
girls who are active in it, but they are doing things for 
the Lord, too! At Christmastime they sang carols for 
their pastor and family and also for the people in the old 
folks' home. Their project is rolling bandages and read- 
ing their Bible every day. They've also brought gifts for 
the Brethren Navaho schoolchildren. Future plans are 
to give a skit in their church and to send Valentines to 
boys in the service. 

A Stop at Limestone, Tenn., for a Brief Visit — 

The Christmas and New Year's holidays found these 
girls very busy — they packed boxes filled with goodies 
and sent them to the young people away from home. As 
you all know, the national project is to buy a microscope 
and build a "hospital" in Africa, where Miss Gail Jones 
is working. The girls from Limestone sent her something 
for her birthday. At each meeting the girls answer the 
roll call with a Bible verse from Colossians. 

An SMM in Argentina, Where the Schrocks Serve — 

"The first meeting we had seven girls out. We ex- 
plained the purpose and aim of the society. We also gave 
them the history of the society and explained that there 
are girls their own age in the U. S. A. who have groups 
just like theirs. We have the girls present the missionary 
study, thus helping them to be prepared better in taking 
part for the women's group when they get to that age. 
We served refreshments, having a white tablecloth on 
the table, green candles and green crepe-paper strips 
crossways on the table. Then on a plate we put cards 
with the covenant typewritten on it and a place for them 
to sign. Before taking the card we explained the serious- 
ness of it and all that it implies. 

"The girls really are enjoying these meetings and come 
with a great deal of enthusiasm. Each meeting has in- 
creased so that our largest group has been up to 12. We 
are urging them to bring their unsaved friends, too. One 
of the girls brought two. But one doesn't want to come 
again because her friends make fun of her. The girl 
keeps asking her to come anyway, hoping that she will 
overcome this fear. It does our hearts good to see these 
girls blossom out in the things of the Lord." 



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The BRETHREN 

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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA. The dis- 
trict youth rally will be held at the 
Vicksburg Brethren Church Feb. 11- 
12. Dean I. Walter is pastor. 

ROANOKE, VA. Jack Peters, sen- 
ior at Grace Seminary, was licensed 
to the gospel ministry at the Ghent 
Brethren Church Jan. 13. 

RINER, VA. The installation of 
Thomas Craghead, newly licensed to 
the gospel ministry, took place at 
the Grace Brethren Church Jan. 27, 
with the pastors of the district in 
charge. 

NEW ORLEANS, LA. (E P). In- 
sisting that cigarettes cause cancer. 
Dr. Alton Ochsner, of the Ochsner 
Clinic, says that kingsize cigarettes 
which, if smoked to the "last cool 
puff," as the advertisements have it, 
can only make for kingsize cancer. 
He adds that "the time is coming 
when the legal responsibility of the 
tobacco companies to their custom- 
ers will have to be clarified." 

NEW YORK, N. Y. Alfred A. 
Kunz, international director, and 
Glenn W. Wagner, foreign secretary 
of the Pocket Testament League, are 
now in central Africa heading up the 
greatest Scripture distribution and 
evangelization campaign of its his- 
tory. 

MARTINSBURG, W. VA. The an- 
nual conference of the Atlantic Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Churches will 
be held here May 10-14, 1955, in the 
Rosemont Brethren Church. 

COVINA, CALIF. The Marvin 
Goodman family express their deep 
appreciation to the many friends for 
their prayers, cards, and gifts sent 
to Anne. She is now in a walking 
cast and is doing very well. 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO. The 
Grace Brethren Church dedicated 
the basement auditorium on Jan. 9. 
The church phone is SW 4-8203. 



Richard L. Burch is pastor, and his 
new address is 1873 Dwight Ave. 
The phone number is SW 4-1840. 
The mailing address is still P.. O. 
Box 50. Please change Annual. 

PHILADELPHIA. PA. Any min- 
ister interested in the pastorate of 
the Third Brethren Church should 
contact Mrs. Helen M. Gault, church 
clerk, 308 Hampton Rd„ Hatboro, Pa. 

CLEVELAND, OHIO. Robert 
Cessna has resigned as pastor of the 
Third Brethren Church of Philadel- 
phia, Pa., and has accepted the call 
to the First Brethren Church here, 
effective April 18, 1955. 

SEATTLE, WASH. It has been 
voted not to hold a Northwest Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Churches, which 
was scheduled for July 4-7 at Spo- 
kane, Wash. All emphasis is to be 
placed on the conference of the 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches, convening at Portland. 
Oreg., Aug. 10-17. 




CLEVELAND, OHIO. Dr. Homer 
Kent was guest speaker at the First 
Brethren Church on Jan. 23, and 
was in charge of the quarterly com- 
munion service at the evening hour. 
Rev. and Mrs. Foster Tresise were 
visitors for the day, and showed 
pictures of their work in Honolulu. 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. The 
regular services of the new church 
here are being held in the North 
Lauderdale Improvement Associa- 
tion Bldg., 1000 N. Andrews. Rev. 
Raph Colburn is pastor. 

CHICAGO, ILL. Winners of the 
annual Evangelical Press Awards 
Program included Power, published 
by Scripture Press, Chicago, for the 
outstanding article of the year; The 
Christian Leader, Mennonite Breth- 
ren Conference, Hillsboro, Kans., for 
the greatest improvement in appear- 
ance (The Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald received honorable mention); 
Christian Digest, Grand Rapids, 
Mich., for the best editorial pro- 
gram; and Youth Today, Baptist 



General Conference of America, 
Chicago, for most effective circula- 
tion program. 

WHEATON, ILL. The Third An- 
nual $1,000 Evangelistic Sermon 
Contest, sponsored by the Sword oj 
the Lord, came to a close on Dec. 1. 
1954. The first prize of $250 was 
awarded to Dr. Arthur Petrie, of 
Seattle, Wash., for his sermon, "The 
King of Terror and the King of 
Kings." Prizes of $50 each were 
awarded to Evangelist R. Paul Mil- 
ler, of Berne, Ind.; Dr. John Linton, 
Riverside, Windsor, Canada.; Dr. 
Merrill Tenney, of Wheaton College; 
Dr. Monroe Parker, and five others. 
Evangelist R. Paul Miller received 
honorable mention for another ser- 
mon that was not distinctly evange- 
listic. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The Grace 
Seminary Choir will tour the Breth- 
ren churches of the eastern States 
Mar. 30 -Apr. 13. The tour is under 
the direction of Prof. Donald Ogden. 

RITTMAN, OHIO. Karl Wayne 
Ashman joined the forces of the 
Charles Ashman, Jr., home on Jan. 
18, when he weighed in at a little 
less than 9 lbs. The first introduction 
was to the pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church, his dad. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. The Northern 
Ohio District overnight youth rally 
will be held at the West Tenth Street 
Brethren Church Feb. 25-26. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. Mr. and 
Mrs. John Horst, Third Brethren 
Church, celebrated their golden 
wedding anniversary the third week 
in January. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. By offi- 
cial action of the mayor and city 
council of Long Beach, Jan. 9 was 
proclaimed "Dr. Charles E. Fuller 
Day" in this city. This action was 
in honor of the 30th anniversary of 
the Old Fashioned Revival Hour 
broadcast. The ABC network car- 
ried a coast-to-coast salute to Dr. 
Fuller. 

PORTLAND, OREG. According to 
the Oregonian, two out of three mar- 
riages ended up in divorce in Oregon. 
In Multnomah County the record 
showed that nine out of ten ended in 
divorce. Reasons given for this con- 
dition are hasty marriages, unsettled 
world conditions, and easy marriage 
laws in the neighboring State of 
Washington. 



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WmMmA&fELwww/p of Bf?£r///?£N Laymen 




Revival-Evangelism 

By Clyde K. Landrum 
President, Board of Evangelism 

Revival is first of all an individual 
matter. After that it may become a 
church, a community, or a national 
experience. However, one must keep 
in mind that there can be no revival 
in the church, community-wise, or 
on a national scale until revival has 
come to the hearts of God's people. 
As the saints are revived, they will 
have a burden for the souls of lost 
men and womep, and will go out to 
win them for Christ. This is evan- 
gelism. 

The ministry of the Board of Evan- 
gelism is revival-evangelism. First, 
the need is to see Christians revived, 
and, secondly, to see these same 
people going out to win the lost to 
Christ. The very fact that we have 
a Board of Evangelism is an indica- 
tion that God has begun to work in 
our hearts. And the matter of the 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Laymen sponsoring the Crusade 
ministry is another good sign. Surely 
we are on the move. BUT, we have 
JUST BEGUN TO MOVE! Actually, 
we are right now at the place where 
we can "launch out into the deep." 

The time for every layman, and 
every member of the Brethren 
Church to act is at hand. On Evan- 
gelism Sunday, February 27, every 
individual and every church will 
have an opportunity to give that the 
Board of Evangelism may do the 
revival-evangelism work that is be- 
fore us. Without the active partici- 
pation of these, the Board of Evan- 
gelism is helpless. It is incumbent 
upon each of us to see that as indi- 
viduals our hearts are right with 
God, and that we have the burden 
of evangelism. 

Churches have been revived, and 
many souls have been won for Christ 
in Crusade meetings since national 
conference time. Meetings are being 
planned for the future in the revival - 
evangelism campaign of the Board 
of Evangelism. Meetings in new mis- 
sion churches, to help them when 



help is most needed; meetings in 
established churches, to help them 
to grow and move forward for the 
Lord is the aim of the Brethren 
Evangelist Crusade. The year 1955 
can be a great year of harvest! I 
would like to urge every layman to 
work and pray for a generous offer- 
ing from every church in the broth- 
erhood on Evangelism Sunday, Feb- 
ruary 27, that 1955 may be that great 
vear of harvest that we want it to be. 



SUPPORT NATIONAL PROJECTS 

By Walter M. Hoyt, Treasurer 

Dec. 1954 fTotal 

Board of Evangelism $75.60 $344.75 

Grace Seminary Student Aid 27.25 50.75 

Brethren Boys Clubs 1.75 4.75 

General Fund 10.10 *244.20 

Laymen Director Fund 25.00 25.00 

•S220.85 National Conference. 

t August 1 through December 31. 1954. 

This report clearly indicates that 
the Lord's money is already chan- 
neled in other directions. I do not 
feel that the men of our churches 
are not capable of meeting the lay- 
men's project goals this year. If we 
are to reach them, however, we are 
going to have to start working in 
that direction. An offering of twelve 
dollars from each man now will do 
more for the promotion of evange- 
lism than anything that you and I 
can do. If we can get over this first 
hurdle, 1 am. confident that nothing 
can stop the advancement of evan- 
gelism in this denomination. Cer- 
tainly if you have any of the Lord's 
money that is not working for Him, 
it will be well spent by the Board 
of Evangelism. 

Send your offering through your 
local church to Walter Hoyt, treas- 
urer, 409 Leland Ave., Dayton 7, 
Ohio. 



ROANOKE NEWS 

Bill Fisher reports that the Men's 
Gospel Fellowship, Ghent Brethren 
Church, Roanoke, Va., in their De- 
cember meeting took an offering for 
a full-time layman director. A sum 
of $25 has been sent to our treasurer. 
Their group is sponsoring a weekly 
15-minute radio broadcast. 



COMPLETE PLANS EARLY 

By Earle Cole 

What is to happen February 27 in 
the Brethren churches? According 
to the best information available, on 
February 27 throughout our nation, 
the men of our churches will em- 
phasize men's work at our local, 
district, and national levels. In many 
places laymen will speak at both 
services. Whether they speak or not, 
the four National Fellowship of 
Brethren Laymen's projects — $12,000 
for evangelism; $1,000 for Grace 
Seminary student aid; $5,000 for 
Brethren Boys Clubs; and $500 for 
the general fund — will be empha- 
sized. 

Will the meetings in your local 
church be a success? Will your men 
actively take part in the services on 
February 27. Will you as a local man 
take part and support with your 
time and energy these services? 



NEED OFFERING ENVELOPES? 

See, write, or call the man in your 
district that has them. 

California District — A. C. Wedin, 
11168 S. St. Andrew PL, Los An- 
geles 47, Calif. 

East District — Fredrick Crawford, 
R. R. 1, Everett, Pa. 

Atlantic District — James N. Knep- 
per, 29 W. 9th Ave., York, Pa. 

Northern Ohio District— E. R. 
Cole, 2753 Elmwood St.. Cuyahoga 
Falls, Ohio. 

Southeast District— S. M. Coffey, 
1013 Greenhurst Ave. NW, Roa- 
noke, Va. 

Southern Ohio District — Herbert 
L. Edwards, 101 S. Union Rd., Day- 
ton 7, Ohio. 

Indiana District — F 1 o y d Bock, 
Bock Motel, Elkhart, Ind. 

Iowa District — Ray Andrew, Leon, 
Iowa. 

Midwest District — Don Brum- 
baugh, Portis, Kans. 

To date there is no representative 
in the Northwest and Michigan Dis- 
tricts. Will somebody please help 
distribute these offering envelopes 
by contacting Earle Cole. 



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HOLDING OUR YOUTH! 

The magazines of our nation are 
being filled in these days with ar- 
ticles by our leading citizens on the 
subject of ''Juvenile Delinquency." 
As we have read these articles and 
faced the problem, we have been 
compelled to do a bit of checking on 
the statistics of our own denomina- 
tion. The startling facts are that in 
the Sunday schools of the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches 
during the last 10 years, we have 
lost more than 10,000 young people 
who were actually enrolled in our 
junior departments across the na- 
tion. Those 10,000 added to our pres- 
ent average attendance would put 
us well along our way to 60,000 by 
1960. 

WHERE HAVE WE FAILED? 
HOW CAN WE HOLD THESE 
YOUNG PEOPLE? Someone has 
well said that the best way in all 
the world to hold youth is to put a 
fence of praying fathers and mothers 
como'etelv around them. 

YOUNG PEOPLE CAN BE HELD 
by reaching fathers and mothers. If 
we would win and hold more junior 
high and high-school youth, we must 
reach the fathers and mothers of our 
boys and girls in the beginners, pri- 
mary, and junior departments. But 
how can we reach more adults? How 
can we win these fathers and moth- 
ers? 

The first answer to our question is 
to be found in the fact that we will 
have to begin to make more pro- 
vision for these fathers and mothers. 
We need more, MANY MORE, adult 
classes and adult departments. I rec- 
ognize that on a percentage basis we 
have a large group of adults in our 
Sunday schools, but when we begin 
to look at the number and compare 
it with the national census, there are 
millions of men and women in Amer- 
ica yet untouched by the Gospel. 

One of the first places in which I 
believe we ought to put forth defi- 
nite effort to lick the problem of 
"juvenile delinquency" is that of 
WINNING ADULTS. It will not be 
an easy task, but it is an essential 
one. We will need to discover the 



reasons why they have not come, 
and perhaps in some cases this will 
be direct reflection upon our own 
indifference and carelessness. We 
will have to make our Sunday 
schools more attractive. We will 
have to keep monotony out of our 
opening Sunday-school periods, and 
keep the best teaching possible for 
our adults. We will have to enlist 
more adults to become visitors, in- 
viting and urging their neighbors 
and friends to become a part of our 
Sunday schools. We will have to 
make them feel welcome when they 
come. We will have to realize that 
the very souls of men are at stake. 
The destiny of homes hangs in the 
balance. The progress of our church 
is involved. 

WE CAN HOLD OUR YOUTH— 
if and when we will WIN THE FA- 
THERS AND mothers: 

CONTEST NEWS 

THINGS WERE DIFFERENT IN 
DECEMBER! It was not only the 
time of the Christmas rush, but of 
some real increases across the nation 
in our Brethren Sunday schools. We 
are sorry that some of our Sunday 
schools got so busy they forgot to 
send in their contest reports on time, 
and hence could not be given proper 
place in the contest. Others got so 
busy they forgot all about sending in 
a report. Many of our schools, how- 
ever, were there with the report 
when the tabulating was being done, 
and hence we have some very fine 
reports. 

December Winners 

Class A — Denver, Colo., T. Inman. 
pastor (three-time winner of Divi- 
sion A). 

Class B— Phoenix, Ariz., J. C. Mc- 
Killen, pastor. 

Class C— Norwalk, Calif., Henry 
Rempel, pastor. 

Class D— Martinsburg, W. Va.. 
Earle Peer, pastor. 

Class E— Ashland, Ohio, Miles Ta- 
ber, pastor (three-time winner of 
Division E). 

Class F— North Long Beach, Calif., 
George Peek, pastor (three-time 
winner of Division F). 

Class N — Englewood, Ohio, Lon 
Karns. pastor (two-time winner of 
Division N). 

Some Sunday schools were a bit 
discouraged since others in their di- 
vision had gone so far out ahead, but 
things were different this month, 
and we have some new names in the 
news. Remember the old adage. "If 



at first you don't succeed, try, try 
again." 

January reports will be due in the 
mail not later than midnight on 
Tuesday, February 1. Why not make 
sure that your church is represented 
in the accounting at the end of Jan- 
uary? Better still, make sure that 
your Sunday school will be at the 
top of the list by getting every mem- 
ber busy at the job of winning others 
NOW! Remember, the contest con- 
tinues until June, and then there 
is the final yearly winner. BEGIN 
NOW. 

One other word — 73 churches re- 
ported in December, and these 73 
show an increase in average attend- 
ance of 1,804 persons. This is a 17- 
percent gain over 1953. Praise the 
Lord! 

WITH THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 
DIRECTOR 

January 1955 found us in a splen- 
did Sunday school-missionary con- 
ference in the churches of Wooster, 
and Rittman, Ohio. With us in this 
conference were Rev. and Mrs. J. 
Kliever, missionaries from Africa, 
and Miss Catherine Marshall, of the 
child evangelism office of Summit 
County. The time was divided each 
night between the missionary em- 
phasis and the Sunday school. Half 
of the conference was held in the 
Wooster church and the remaining 
half in the Rittman church. 

The natural relationship of Sunday 
school and missions make this an 
enjoyable combination. These two 
emphases belong together. A church 
without a strong missionary empha- 
sis will never progress. A missionary 
emphasis demands that we do some- 
thing for the people who live right 
around the church. It was a joy to 
fellowship with the people of these 
two churches and the visiting Breth- 
ren who came in from night to night, 
and likewise to enjoy the spiritual 
bessing of our colaborers in the 
Lord. 




February 12, 7955 



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I HE four-year-old boy sits on the 
floor, briskly engaged with his elec- 
trical train. "I just know he'll grow 
up to be an engineer," says his 
doting mother. The boy with his 
childish mind thinks so too. But he 
doesn't. He becomes a dentist. 

The young lady of 18 enrolls in 
our local college. The ideal set be- 
fore her is that of becoming a school- 
teacher. She doesn't realize that am- 
bition. She changed her ideal to that 
of wedded life, a happy home. She 
becomes a wife instead. 

And so our ideals change. Thus 
my Saviour did not entrust you or 
me with the laying of the foundation 
of His church for that very reason— 
because our ideals change. He knew 
a man-made church would be in a 
transitory stage all the time; hence 
He built it. Jesus Christ said in Mat- 
thew 16:18, "Upon this rock I will 
build- my church." Since then the 
ideals, the requirements, the laws 
for His church have been and will 
continue to be the same, yea, yester- 
day, today, and forever. We have 
been warned not to add nor take 
away from the Scriptures. Through 
searching the holy Book we find the 
qualities our Master set forth for 
His church, for He is the body of it. 
I will not endeavor to give these 
qualities in their entirety. Let me 
say in passing that the church that 
follows His teachings, obeys His 
laws, and puts Christ as the head, is 
His ideal church. Because it is His, 
and I am His, it is also my ideal 
church. Thus you can readily see 
the breadth of my subject were I to 
tell all about His ideal church. 

When the unbeliever, the sinner, 
the stranger comes to your church, 
what will he find that causes him to 
believe it to be the ideal place to 
worship? He'll get the basic Scrip- 
tural teachings later. But what about 
his first impressions? Will he look 
for a gilded spire and stained-glass 
windows? Will he judge by a robed 
choir? 

A rural brother of the old-fash- 
ioned sort visited a great city temple. 
As the eloquent minister drove home 
some great truths, the ruralist said, 
"Praise the Lord." An usher touched 
him on the arm and whispered, "You 
can't praise the Lord in this church." 
That is not my ideal church. That is 
not the church that is going to im- 
press the unbeliever. He has heard 
other persons and other things 
praised and worshiped in the outside 



world. He is hungering for some- 
thing else. Don't disappoint him! Let 
your church praise no one save God 
the Father and Jesus Christ His Son. 
Make Jesus Christ attractive, or 
rather, let Him do the attracting and 
He will draw that sinner unto him- 
self and His church. Give Jesus 
Christ all the glory. Glory in nothing 
save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 
Yes; Christ wants — we need — and 
the wanderer is seeking — a Spirit - 
filled church. 

E. E. Cole. Toledo, Ohio, made 
this remark a few years ago: "You 
don't need the Holy Ghost to run a 
rummage sale. You don't need the 
Holy Ghost to stage a soup supper. 
But if you are going to win souls for 
Christ, you need the Holy Ghost." 
So if you would lead that unbeliever 
to Christ, the one who has chanced 
to stop in for a Lord's Day service, 
who is a stranger to you and to God, 
you must have a Spirit-filled church. 
Songs of the cross and stories of 
the cross have always caused men 
and women to give their attention. 
The unbeliever sees a cross as a part 
of the decoration of your church 
building. As he sits in your pews, he 
may see gold chains, bearing crosses, 
around the necks of individuals. 
He'll soon forget these outer ap- 
pearances. He'll start looking for the 
cross on the hearts of all the pro- 
fessed followers. Listen! Did he find 
that if he happened to be in our 
services last Sunday? 

When the sinner comes to your 
services and you tell him that Christ 
gave His life for him. he is going to 
look about and see what you have 
given and are continuing to give to 
Him — your heart, your life, natural- 
ly. But what else? He'll be just a 
babe in Christ when he joins out- 
ranks. Wouldn't it be grand if we 
could impress upon him that after 
all we are not giving. "What?" you 
gasp. No; not a "giving" but a "re- 
turning" church. He gave all to you. 



The cattle on a thousand hills are 
His. You return His money, the use 
of your talents. Last week, let us 
suppose, you came to me. A five- 
dollar bill passed from my hand to 
yours. This week you came to my 
home and placed a five-dollar bill 
in my hand. Did you really give me 
anything? No; you just returned it. 
Isn't that a grand way to feel about 
our Master? He has given me all 
that I have, all that I am. I can't pay 
the debt I owe. but I can continue to 
give back to Him, as part payment, 
my heart, my life, my time, and my 
stewardship. 

Again we turn to our newcomer 
on a Lord's Day morning. Maybe he 
has come from a home where there 
is discord, quarreling. Out in the 
world he has become accustomed to 
strife. Groups are pulling in opposite 
directions. He now seeks a haven of 
rest. When he seeks a church closest 
to Christ's ideals and mine, he won't 
want to find such conditions. No; 
he'd like to find something similar 
to that which prevailed at Pentecost 
— "all with one accord." 

I would like to be in Bulgaria in 
the springtime. I would like to be in 
the region where bloom the roses 
from which much of the world's 
supply of attar of roses is made. The 
blossoms fill all the valleys and 
countryside with their fragrance. 
Hundreds of workers gather these 
roses while in their prime. The scent 
is captured and held for all the 
world to enjoy. The garments of 
these workers become permeated 
with perfume. Wherever they go the 
air is sweetened and their friends 
remark, "Ah, I know where you've 
been — in the valley of roses." 

Just as the Bulgarian rose pickers 
lend their perfume to all with whom 
they come in contact, so will those 
who compose the ideal church give 
the world that distinctive fragrance 
which comes only from fellowship 
with Jesus. 



MY IDEAL CHURCH 




By MRS. ETHEL MOFFITT 
Findlay, Ohio 



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AN ELEPHANT HUNT 
By J. P. Kliever 

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Dusk is falling fast, with that sur- 
prising speed known only to those 
who have dwelt in the tropics. The 
two hunters. Monsieur Herry. our 
administrator, and Monsieur Petit- 
jean, the administrator from the 
neighboring district, are on an er- 
rand of mercy. The errand is to 
drive off the large herd of elephants 
that has gotten off the game reserve 
and is starting to spoil native plan- 
tations. 

A large herd is now on the move, 
but there is one lone elephant — a 
bull — who is traveling close by, in- 
dependently of the herd. Lone ele- 
phants are skilled in all the arts of 
self-preservation, and these hunters 
are also skilled hunters, being vet- 
erans of quite a few hunts. They 
approach with all the skill of experi- 
ence and with all the remembered 
skills according to elephant hunters' 
stories and instructions. They have 
full confidence in their large-caliber 
rifles. 

When they have worked into the 
right distance and angle for the best 
shots. Mr. P., who is the guest, will 
get to do the shooting, and Mr. H. 
will hold his fire in case there is a 
charge. As Mr. P. shoots once, then 
twice, the elephant doesn't fall. The 
shots have been rightly placed, but 
. . . the charge is on! Mr. H. holds his 
fire until there can be no possibility 
of a miss — so that the animal will 
be sure to be stopped. The elephant 
grows larger and larger, a moving 
mountain of dark animal. At about 
five yards Mr. H. shoots, placing the 
bullet into the head just back of the 
eyes. According to experience, and 
according to the books, the elephant 
should have fallen, but this elephant 
doesn't play according to the rules! 

There is no time to reload and fire, 
for the elephant keeps right on com- 
ing — it is too late for Mr. H. to 
escape. Mr. H. sees the animal's 
gleaming tusks, his flared-out ears, 
his raised trunk. He remembers that 
just recently an old elephant hunter 
had been decapitated by a tusk like 
that. He also knows that there is no 
way of escape under the elephant. 

Mr. H. tries to dodge toward the 
side that the books say is the slower 




side of turning for the elephant, but 
the elephant turns with him as 
quickly and as agile as a smaller 
animal. The books also say that an 
elephant cannot see very well — this 
one doesn't lose sight of the man for 
an instant, because as soon as Mr. H. 
sees the elephant has turned with 
him, he does another right-angle 
turn, and there again he fails. He 
does all he can to avoid that gleam- 
ing tusk coming at him — he dives to 
the ground sidewise. receiving a 
solid slap with the trunk of the ele- 
phant and a bad kick with the leg. 
Mr. H. is out of the fight, face down 
on the ground. The usual procedure 
after this is for the elephant to walk 
over the man, leaving a paper-thin 
form on the ground, bones and all 
being crushed to splinters. 

Mr. P. meanwhile has taken two 
more shots, also well directed into 
killing spots, and he shoots the third, 
only to hear the terrible click of an 
empty gun barrel receiving the trig- 
ger hammer. His last shot, however, 
had made the elephant reel. The ele- 
phant, having about-faced in the 
two right-angle turns charging Mr. 
H., keeps on going. Mr. P. starts 
after him to finish him off when he 
sees the form of Mr. H. on the 
ground! The hunt is over. 

Mr. H. is unconscious for about 45 
minutes, but he is carried for six 
kilometers to the auto road, and 
then after a rough trip of another 
25 kilometers is brought to our mis- 
sion station. After first-aid care by 



Miss Thurston, and prayer, he start- 
ed on his way to a very quick recov- 
ery from the bruises, broken ribs, 
etc. According to known accounts of 
elephant hunts, Mr. H. will be the 
fourth man who has lived to tell the 
story, and his is the most unbeliev- 
able of them all. 

He is now able to travel again, and 
one of his first trips was to visit us 
to give his testimony before the na- 
tive Christians. He said: "I am not 
speaking to you as your administra- 
tor, but as a fellow believer in 
Christ. After my recent experience, 
I have had some time to think about 
things, and I feel very deeply what 
I am going to say to you. There was 
no possible way for me to save my 
life. I can claim no natural clever- 
ness or one bit of credit for my 
escape from certain death beneath 
that elephant. I was a dead man; it 
is only by God's hand that I am alive 
today. 

"The life that I have today is not 
my own, it belongs to God. I am 
conscious that I must live it as God 
wants me to and make the testimony 
that God would have me make." 

We have been saved from a great- 
er catastrophe than death by an 
elephant; we are, therefore, not out- 
own. We are purchased with a re- 
demption price; therefore present 
your bodies to God for spiritual 
service. 



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CHURCHES 

Fort Wayne. Ind. 

The keynote message of Rev. Mark 
Malles was delivered on January 9. 
when he assumed the pastorate of 
the First Brethren Church. The ser- 
mon was taken from Ezra 7-9, in 
which the pastor showed that (1) 
Ezra was a man with a prepared 
heart (7:10); (2) Ezra was a man 
with a practical faith (8:18-23): and 
(3) Ezra was a man who prayed for 
revival and his prayer was answered 
(9:1-15). 

On November 25, 1951, Rev. Malles 
became pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Altoona, Pa., where he 
served until accepting the pastorate 
in Fort Wayne. Prior to this he had 
served as pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Sterling. Ohio, for 
five years; as a missionary in Taos, 
N. Mex„ for one and a half years: 
and as pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Flora, Ind., for four and 
one-half years. 

Mark Malles was graduated from 
Grace Theological Seminary in the 
class of 1945. His ministry has had 
an impact upon our brotherhood 
through his writing of the Adult 
Quarterly in the all-Brethren Sun- 
day-school series. — The Editor. 

Dayton, Ohio 

The Bethany Brethren Church of 
Dayton, Ohio, experienced a blessed 
time of revival during our January 
meetings with William Smith, evan- 
gelist. 

Clair Brickel, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, Clayton, Ohio, and 
Marion Hoffman, member of the 
North Riverdale Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio, did a wonderful job 
of alternately leading the singing, 
with Eugene Weimer at the piano. 
The music prepared hearts for Bill's 
forceful messages. 

Decisions were made, both public 



and private, that will be for lasting 
good. The prayers of the saints were 
also a great factor, as we all felt the 
mighty tug of the Spirit upon our 
heartstrings during the preparatory 
weeks. — Charles E. Gantt, pastor. 

The preaching of the Word of God 
has once again brought forth fruit. 
The Lord's power was felt at Beth- 
any Brethren. Dayton, Ohio. Janu- 
ary 2-16. 

There are many things for which 
we can praise God in relation to this 
campaign. The cooperation from the 
Brethren churches in the area was 
splendid; delegations came from 
Dayton First, Covington, Camden. 
Troy. Englewood. North Riverdale. 
and Clayton. 

Six public decisions for rededica- 
tions were made. 

Rev. and Mrs. Gantt were won- 
derful hosts to me during the two 
weeks. These dear saints love the 
Lord and are deeply sincere. They 
are making many sacrifices to labor 
for their Lord. 

I thank God for the friends made 
during this campaign and trust Him 
for many blessings to be upon this 
group. — Bill Smith, evangelist. 

Wheaton, III. 

We here at the Grace Brethren 
Church have much for which to 
thank the Lord. This past quarter 
(October-December) we held a "go 
to Portland" Sunday-school contest. 
A large map was constructed by Mr. 
Tom Bailey, a member of the Breth- 
ren Construction Company, showing 
Wheaton at one side and Portland at 
the other. Then cars were placed on 
the map and miles were gained 
through points given for visitors and 
new members. During this last quar- 
ter our average attendance was 51, 
while the previous quarter was 38. 
This gain obtained for us first place 
in the Indiana District Sunday 
School Contest. 

As already reported in the Mis- 
sionary Herald, our church was 
burned, but the Lord has a definite 
purpose even in this, for we know 
that Romans 8:28 is still in the Book. 

We are looking to the Lord for 
even greater blessings in the days to 
come. — Lois Miller, news reporter. 



CRUSADE TEAM TWO COMPLETES 
NW. TOUR; NOW IN EAST 

Crusade Team Two has completed 
13 weeks of evangelizing in the Pa- 
cific Northwest. We began at Seattle, 
Wash., with Rev. Thomas Hammers 
and closed at Albany, Oreg., with 
Rev. Glen Welborn. 

It was a real pleasure to work 
with such a fine group of pastors. 
They are capable, devout, and dedi- 
cated men who love the Lord and 
have a real passion for the lost. They 
have a shepherd's heart, therefore 
are taking good care of their re- 
spective flocks. 

Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Colburn 
were our efficient helpers. They did 
an excellent job in directing the 
music and conducting "Happy Hour." 
May the Lord richly bless Ralph and 
Julia in the new work at Fort Lau- 
derdale, Fla. 

We are now crusading in the East 
— Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, and 
Indiana. The Lord has graciously 
given us two young men as team- 
mates — Bill Byers, songleader and 
soloist, and Jim Martin, pianist. Two 
excellent young men, with plenty of 
talent. We are anxious to do a good 
job. We need your prayers and sup- 
port. 

We are happy to be a part of 
the Brethren Evangelistic Crusade, 
which is sponsored by the laymen 
of our beloved fellowship. The board 
members are dedicated to this work. 
Rev. Clyde Landrum. president of 
the Board of Evangelism, deserves 
special mention for his labor of love. 
— Archie L. Lynn. 



In mpmortam 

Mervin O. Palmer, a member of 
the First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach, Calif., since 1938, was killed 
in a traffic accident on Jan. 4. — Dr. 
Charles W. Mayes, pastor. 

Robert Keim, a faithful member of 
the Summit Mills Brethren Church, 
Meyersdale, Pa., was fatally killed 
by a hit-and-run driver on Jan. 1. — 
H. Leslie Moore, pastor. 

Clayton L. Eckerman, 73, went to 
be with the Lord he loved on Jan. 
11. He had been in poor health for 
an extended time. During 1954 he 
read the Bible through three times, 
making a total of 22 readings. He 
was a member of the First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, Calif— Dr. 
Charles W. Mayes, pastor. 



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The BRETHREN 




HOME MISSION NUMBER 



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Editorials 



By L L Grubb 




Roman Catholics Want Christian Unity 

The Roman Catholic bishop of Tucson, Ariz., has rec- 
ommended to all parishes of the diocese that prayers be 
offered during the week of January 18-25 for unification 
of all branches of the Christian faith under the church of 
Rome. 

Bishop Daniel J. Geroke stated that unity should be 
sought with "complete firmness of doctrine, avoiding 
both the spirit of compromise and the spirit of con- 
tempt." 

Yet there are still people, even orthodox, Bible-be- 
lieving Christians, who believe that the Roman Catholic 
Church would practice tolerance of other religions if it 
were not forced to do so in America. The bishop stated 
the basic and general policy of the Roman Catholic 
Church. It is not different in any sense from the policy 
which sent thousands of Protestant Christians into the 
inquisitorial torture chambers during the Spanish Inqui- 
sition. 

Those were horrible years. In the name of the Roman 
Catholic Church barbarians committed atrocities which 
have hardly been equaled in history. Cities were sacked, 
burned, and ruined; women and children were violated 
by the thousands; even unborn infants were torn from 
the bodies of living mothers. Whole populations were 
hacked to pieces by soldiers in a mad orgy of wanton 
cruelty. It is carefully estimated that during the 18 years 
of the reign of Catholic Thomas of Torquemada, the 
Spanish Inquisition punished at least 105,000 persons, of 
whom about 8,800 were burned alive. At the same time 
2,000 Jews were executed in Andalusia. Already the 
bloody Inquisition had been under way for over 200 
years and was yet to continue. 

This is what "complete firmness of doctrine, avoiding 
. . . the spirit of compromise," could mean to every Prot- 
estant and non-Catholic in America. 

The Roman Catholic Church has never changed its 
intentions, nor its basic purposes. 

This system is out to control America both politically 
and religiously. The danger is more imminent than most 
realize. With the exception of the inherent unbelief so 
prevalent in America today there is no other threat as 
potentially dangerous to our way of life and freedom of 
conscience, as the Roman Catholic hierarchy. Unfor- 
tunately, many will not face this issue realistically until 
it may be too late. 

There is one absolute antidote for the poison and 
heresy of Roman Catholicism. It is the preaching oj the 
true Gospel of Jesus Christ. This spiritual dynamite of 
God sweeps all else aside in the human heart and wins 
national as well as individual battles. 



Dr. C. C. Hammond, American Cancer Society direc- 
tor, spoke before the American Medical Association in 
San Francisco recently and gave these startling figures. 
His careful research covered 187,766 smokers and non- 
smokers. 

Considering these facts, the loss of precious money 
involved in the purchase of tobacco, and the impairing 
of a Christian testimony by its use, it would seem that 
Christians would refrain from using the "weed." 



A Not-Very-Encouraging Word for Smokers 

You may smoke — but read this! 

Your chances of dying of a heart attack increase 95 
percent if you smoke a pack of cigarettes daily. You 
have a 156-percent better chance of dying from cancer 
and your life is shortened by at least five years. 



Millions of Americans More — Where Will They Go? 
What Will We Do? 

Back in the 1930's population experts were telling us 
that by 1950 America would be a grown-up nation and 
the population would probably remain static from then 
on. Just the opposite has been happening. 

In the past four years the U. S. population has in- 
creased 9.4 million to make a present total of about 162.4 
million. In 1954 the rate of growth was 2.8 million. This 
would be like adding a new city such as Detroit annually 
to the American population. This year births passed the 
four-million mark. On the other hand, due to medical 
advances and other factors, the rate of deaths continues 
to decline. 

All of these people need to be fed and clothed and 
cared for physically. That means prosperity and more 
business expansion. 

Along with the increase in population has come a 
great shifting of our constituency. It is toward the West 
and South and off the farm into the cities. The popula- 
tion gains of the States in the southern and western sec- 
tions of our land are in some cases phenomenal. 

California leads the list in the largest actual number 
of new residents. Nevada chalked up the highest per- 
centage in the last four-year period when they registered 
a 33: 1-percent gain. A few States have actually lost in 
number of residents in spite of the increase in popula- 
tion, but most have gained some. However, the deep 
South and West have gained the most in per-capita 
additions. Apparently people are looking for a sunny, 
dry climate. For instance, during the past four years 
Florida added over 25 percent to its population. 

New generations and population shifts present a new 
challenge to the church. We must see to it that where 
these increased numbers of people are there is an in- 
creased evangelization. If we fail in this, a new genera- 
tion of pagan unbelievers will appear to lead America 
even farther from the original paths of righteousness 
opened by her founding fathers from the Word of God. 

However, not yet have we even properly evangelized 
the present and past generation. The church has already 
missed her opportunity by apostasizing and socializing 
a divine institution. What can we expect from a church 
in meeting this new challenge, which has already failed 
to meet the present challenge? 

Discerning children of God have never faced such an 
opportunity in faithful witnessing and soul-winning! 



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Martinsburg Church Becomes Self-Supporting 

THE BLESSING OF GOD UPON BRETHREN HOME-MISSION WORK IS NEVER SO CLEARLY 
MANIFEST THAN IN THE CONSUMMATE GROWTH OF A NEW CHURCH TO A SELF-SUPPORTING CON- 
DITION. 

BY THE GRACE OF GOD MANIFESTED IN THE FAITHFULNESS OF HIS PEOPLE, THE BRETHREN 
HOME-MISSION CHURCH IN MARTINSBURG, W. VA., NOW TAKES IT PLACE AMONG THE WELL- 
ESTABLISHED CHURCHES OF OUR FELLOWSHIP. 

UNDER GOD, THE REV. M. L. MYERS AND A FAITHFUL GROUP OF BRETHREN WORKED AND SAC- 
RIFICED OVER A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD TO REAR THIS MONUMENT OF SPIRITUAL POWER AND WIT- 
NESS IN THE COMMUNITY. NOW. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE REV. EARLE PEER, THE CHURCH 
IS GROWING IN EVERY DEPARTMENT. 

THE ATLANTIC FELLOWSHIP DISTRICT MISSION BOARD AND MANY FRIENDS OF THE WORK 
IN THAT DISTRICT REJOICE WITH THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL IN THE PART EACH 
HAD TO PLAY IN THE ESTABLISHMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF THIS TESTIMONY. 




In the top photo the choir of the Rosemont Brethren Church is all ready to go on the air over station WEPM, 
Martinsburg, W. Va. The choir is directed by Mr. Harold Busey, and Mrs. Clyde Bryarly provides the organ music. 
The program, is broadcast each Sunday, carrying the Gospel in this way. The lower picture represents the junior 
church, of which Robert Triggs is superintendent, and is another means of reaching Martinsburg with the Gospel. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 



VOLUME 17. NUMBER 8 



Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind.. under the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price. S2.00 a year; 100-percent churches, SI. 50; foreign, $3.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees. president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William Schaffer, secretary; Ord Gehman, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, 
member-at-large to Executive Committee; Walter Lepp, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, True Hunt, Lyle W. Marvin, Arnold 
R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



February 19, 1955 



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"Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While 
I live I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto ray God 
while I have any being" (Psa. 146:1-2). 

The words of the psalmist convey the sentiments of 
pastor and people of the Rosemont Brethren Church. 
Truly, "The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof 
we are glad." We have much cause for praise and 
thanksgiving because of the "exceeding abundantly 
above all that we ask or think," which our God has done 
for us in Martinsburg. 

As we begin the new year of 1955 as a self-supporting 
church, we want to give thanks to God for what He has 
accomplished, and then we want to thank God for the 
Brethren Home Missions Council. We also wish to take 
this opportunity to express our gratitude and thanks- 
giving to our many home-mission friends across the 
nation. We have a Brethren church in Martinsburg, W. 
Va., because "you" prayed, because "you" gave gen- 
erously to home missions. This is the church which you 
have built with your prayers and by your gifts. I believe 
that the pictures you will find elsewhere in this Home 
Mission number of the Herald will convince you that 
home missions "does pay dividends." At Rosemont 
Brethren we believe in home missions! We are praising 
the Lord that He has enabled our church to go self- 
supporting in order that the funds given to our support 
may now bs released to help build a Brethren home- 
mission church in some needy community in our great 
nation. For what has been accomplished at Martinsburg 
we give God all the glory, but certainly much credit 
belongs to the Brethren Home Missions Council and 
the board of directors for their invaluable and wise 
counsel, and the financial assistance for the past five 
years without which there could have been no Breth- 
ren church in Martinsburg. Thank you. Home Missions 
Council! Thank you, home-mission friends across the 
land of America! 

The Rosemont Brethren Church was conceived and 
born in prayer. In February of 1949 a small group of 
Christians from a modernistic church began to gather 
in homes for prayer to seek the face of God in the mat- 
ter of a church where the whole Word of God could be 
preached, and where the Bible was honored as the in- 
spired Word of God. Under the guidance of God's hand, 
two Brethren pastors were directed by the Holy Spirit 
to this nucleus of God's people. On April 22, 1949, under 
the direction of the Brethren Home Missions Council, 
a Brethren church was organized. God called and placed 
Bro. M. L. Myers as the pastor of the "baby church" in 
July of 1949. That Brother Myers and his good wife 
were the choice of God to minister the Word to the 
brethren at Martinsburg is very evident from the way 
in which God blessed in the early days of the church. 
There were many discouragements and problems which 
at the time seemed almost insurmountable, but these 
dear folk under the leadership of Pastor Myers were 
more than conquerors through our blessed Lord. 

September 30, 1950, was the day of dedication for the 
new building, at which time Dr. Alva J. McClain was 
the dedication speaker. Dr. Paul Bauman spoke in behalf 
of the Home Missions Council. The building is the first 
unit of a T-shape building, which, when completed, will 
have the entrance of the main sanctuary facing King 
Street. Already our building is "bursting at the seams" 
and we are desperately in need of further building to 
adequately house our Sunday school. Pray with us that 
God will enable us to build our main building soon so 



PRAYER 
PROGRESS 
PRAISE 



By EARLE E. PEER 

Pastor, Rosemont Brethren Church 

Martinsburg, W. Va. 




Pastor's family (I. to r.) — Rev. Earle E. Peer, Peter Paul, 
Mary Ruth, John Philip, Dorcas May, and Mrs. Peer. 



that our church will not suffer because of overcrowded 
conditions. 

Under the ministry of Brother Myers the church pros- 
pered spiritually and financially. The brief history of 
the Rosemont Brethren Church is a story of the grace 
of God. Many souls were saved and the saints of God 
were built up and established in the most holy faith. As 
successor to Brother Myers, I can say that he and Mrs. 
Myers did an excellent piece of work for God as they 
labored in this part of the Lord's vineyard. I am sure 
there are many rewards laid up in heaven for then- 
faithful ministry in Martinsburg. There was such a spirit 
of love, unity, and passion for the Lord's work in the 
congregation that when this pastor arrived on the field 
last June, the people were ready to go to work for 
Christ. 

God has abundantly blessed every effort put forth for 
His glory so that there have been 13 first-time confes- 
sions of Christ and 53 rededications of life to the Lord 
in the six months we have been in Martinsburg. Our 
most recent converts were Mr. and Mrs. Zepp and their 
granddaughters, who were formerly Roman Catholics. 
For all this we give praise to our God for the mighty 
working of His Holy Spirit in our midst. I am convinced 
in my own way of thinking that an important factor in 
the rapid growth of our church can be attributed to our 



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Brethren Preaching Provides 
Feast and Produces Fruit 



By Mrs. Jesse M. Ash 

"He hath shewed his people the power of his works" 
(Ps. 111:6). 

This is the testimony of the Rosemont Brethren 
Church today. In this short span of six years, God has 
molded together a group of people who are humbly 
seeking to witness of His saving grace and keeping 
power. Truly He has richly blessed us. He has set 
before us a veritable feast of the Word. For us there has 
been no searching through a barren, scholarly lecture in 
an effort to glean a bit of spiritual food. How wonderful 
to have a feeling of well-being, to know that your life 
is well-ordered and that your every need is being met. 
Every victory through the years has been another evi- 
dence that "he is faithful who promised." 

But for me, a mother, the victories and blessings have 
an even greater significance, because to me has come 
the deep joy of seeing my four children, one by one, 
make a personal choice of the Lord Jesus Christ as Sav- 
iour. Under the searchlight of the Gospel which has 
shined into our lives, I want to recount what it means 
to be a part of this fine congregation. 

The abundant feast of the Word, so fully and clearly 
proclaimed by our pastors, is offered so that even my 
seven-year-old son can partake of it. There is no thought 
of arranging for the children to be elsewhere during the 
worship service. They can and do receive food for their 
souls, help on their personal problems, and are chal- 
lenged to live daily as followers of "The Way." 

I breathe a fervent "Thank You. Lord," when my 
teen-age daughter chooses to attend choir rehearsal 
rather than go to her 4-H club party. The "seek ye first" 
of the Word has indeed found lodgement. Then, how 
humbly grateful I feel when my son, just 7, prays ear- 
nestly for a missionary whose needs have touched his 
heart. How encouraging to hear little ones interceding 
in behalf of others rather than concentrating on selfish 
desires. 

When our family discussions turn to vocations, how I 
thrill to hear all the children giving serious considera- 
tion to full-time service for the Lord, and planning ways 
and means to this end. 

I know by experience that the Rosemont Brethren 
Church has filled a great need in our family. The goal of 
every department and organization is to win souls for 
Christ; then to stimulate real Christian growth. The 
church school, youth department, summer camp all pro- 
vide opportunity for the developing of friendships in 
the church. Our weekly calendar of events is filled with 
church-centered activities for which the entire family 
plans enthusiastically. Truly this Christian fellowship is 
a satisfying experience. 

As I review the events which led up to the formation 
of our church, I am most thankful that we were not 
satisfied with "half a loaf"; that we obeyed the command 
to "come ye out from among them"; that we took that 
step of faith; and that we stood the test of trials and 
hardships because "the glory of this latter house shall 
be greater than the former, saith the Lord of hosts" 
(Hag. 2:9). 



THE ROSEMONT BRETHREN CHURCH 
THRIVES ON PRAYER! 

By Mr. Lester A. Kisner, Vice Moderator 

During the fall of 1948 a group of Christians gathered 
every Saturday night for prayer and Bible study as the 
forces of modernism were slowly forcing out the truths 
of the Word of God in their churches. 

In January of 1949, Dr. Donald Barnhouse held a week 
of meetings in Martinsburg, and at one of these meetings 
gave the following formula for discerning the will of 
God concerning modernism: (1) Each believer pray 
every day for one week for personal cleansing; (2) Next 
week pray for God to reveal His will; (3) The third 
week pray that either the preacher would "die" or else 
come out from them. 

On the first Saturday-night prayer meeting after the 
Barnhouse meetings, there were about 18 people present. 
Each one agreed to pray at the same time and meet 
again on Wednesday night. During the Wednesday-night 
meeting it was pointed out how important it was that 
none hold any personal grievance. By the next Saturday 
night, the personal testimonies revealed that the Lord 
Jesus had undertaken for us in a marvelous way. 

As we started on the second request of the formula the 
second week, it was evident that the answer was on its 
way. The Holy Spirit moved two Brethren ministers to 
call on a member of the Saturday-night prayer-meeting 
group and these two ministers met with us, starting our 
present congregation. 

After organization by the Home Missions Council, we 
held two prayer meetings a week — one devoted entirely 
to prayer, the other for prayer and Bible study. Many 
trials and obstacles arose, but God overcame each one 
as the requests came to Him in prayer. Sometimes the 
answers to prayer came so quickly that we could hardly 
keep up with the thanksgiving. 

After moving into the church in 1950, and the added 
activities that a growing congregation called for, it was 
decided to have only one night a week for prayer meet- 
ing and Bible study. It was not long until our young 
people and children made up more than one-half of our 
prayer-meeting attendance. After much thinking by an 
appointed committee, they suggested a junior prayer 
meeting for all ages under high school. This consists of 
four classes grouped according to age. At present, the 
junior prayer meeting is patterned after the adult group 
and is held in the church basement. It is a thrill to our 
hearts as we hear these boys and girls pray, and as we 
see their fathers and mothers — and even grandfathers — 
take the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour in answer to their 
fervent prayers. 

After the combined opening of the adult group and 
after the prayer requests have been made known, we 
are dismissed to our separate prayer rooms. There are 
two ladies' groups, a men's group, and a young people's 
group. The prayer session lasts for 30 minutes. Again 
our rejoicing knows no bounds when we hear persons 
pray who have recently accepted the Lord, or those who 
have been walking afar off reunite themselves with the 
Lord. Our prayer-meeting attendance averaged 105 last 
year. We are thankful for the great blessing God has be- 
stowed upon us, and we are endeavoring to fulfill the 
command of the Lord to "pray without ceasing." 



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Left: Mr. John Davis, Jr., general superintendent. Right: Mr. Robert Triggs, jun.or Department superintendent. 



ONE TO SIXTEEN CLASSES AND FIRST PLACE 



By John Davis, Jr., Sunday School Superintendent 



"As I was with Moses, so will I be with thee: I will 
not fail thee, nor forsake thee" (Josh. 1:5b). 

Another milestone has been passed, and to God be all 
the glory. As the words to Joshua sustained him, we, 
too, of Rosemont Brethren can say the Lord is able. 

It seems such a short time ago that a group of true 
believers met in a firehall basement for worship service. 
The meeting was a combined one and not much Sunday 
school except for the children. The visiting minister al- 
ways brought along a lay member who took the children 
aside, which was curtained off, and tried to teach them 
while a sermon was being preached in the same room. 
The first Sunday 18 children and 44 adults were present. 

In a special meeting, March 26, 1949, the first Sunday- 
school superintendent was selected. J. Earl Lane served 
in this capacity faithfully and diligently until July 1, 
1952. Under his superintendency the Sunday school grew 
even during the hardships of moving from the small 
firehall basement to a warehouse room, thence to the 
gymnasium of the city hall. Never to my knowledge was 
the spirit and zeal of the people diminished. Always it 
was: "See you at Sunday school," or, 'Ask Mary and 
Jim to come," when one of the group met another 
downtown. 

There wasn't much real property to take care of, so 



after establishing in the "gym" at the city hall, each 
Saturday several men would assemble for "clean-up" 
details and to set up classrooms in various corners of 
the room and balcony. We had heat and privacy, but oh, 
the acoustics of the place! 

The people were faithful and continued to bring 
friends and relatives, where many found Christ. The 
men's class especially grew, and Sunday was and still is 
a feast day when the Word is broken and made plain. 
The children's department, under the able leadership of 
Brother Lane's assistants, kept on the increase. The rolls 
were constantly being revised and a steady growth was 
realized. During these experiences much knowledge was 
gleaned which has been used to great advantage after 
moving into the new church building. 

At last the day came when our prayers were realized 
and Sunday school was held in the new church building 
— another evidence of God's grace. Here we had more 
room and could disperse the classes throughout the 
basement, main auditorium, pastor's study, nursery, and 
baptistry rooms. Tears of joy flowed freely that day as 
we realized more fully how God had led each step of 
the way. 

Bro. Wayne Byrd accepted the superintendency July 

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WMC PROVES 
A BLESSING 

By Mrs. Charles Davis, President 



The WMC of the Rosemont Brethren Church praises 
God for the abundant blessings they have witnessed and 
shared since the starting of the work. We are indeed 
grateful for the zeal and love of our sister churches at 
Hagerstown, Md., and Winchester, Va., for it was through 
them we got off to an early start. By their guidance and 
leadership at the very beginning, we have enjoyed 
working together these years in the work of our Lord. 

The women of our WMC group are amazed at the fine 
fellowship and true service rendered for the Lord; also 
the blessings from the Bible and mission studies pro- 
vided for us. Previously the majority of our members 
were in churches where the ladies' aid society held a 
quilting or maybe a tea party once in awhile, which cer- 
tainly would be a contrast to our WMC. Our hearts 
remain heavy for those who are still in such organiza- 
tions and missing the blessings that are ours. Our desire 
is to witness to them as "Women Manifesting Christ." 

The national WMC has likewise been a great help to 
us. By corresponding with our district and national 
leaders we feel we know them, although we are miles 
apart and some we have never seen. 

We of the Rosemont Brethren Church WMC suggest 
that all nev; mission churches organize a WMC at the 
earliest possible date and enjoy the blessings of fellow- 
ship you will find in no other group of women. We covet 
your prayers that ours might be what He would have 
it to be. 




Mr. and Mrs. Zepp with granddaughters , Mary and 
Joan Smith. 

From Catholicism to Christ 

By Mr. and Mrs. Paul Zepp 

Do you know that you are saved? Ask yourself that 
question as we did. We had been members of the Cath- 
olic Church all of our lives, thinking we were saved. We 
were unaware of our unsaved condition until on New 
Year's Eve we attended a watchnight and candlelight 
service at the Rosemont Brethren Church. That night 
God showed us that Jesus is the light of the world, and 
that without accepting Jesus Christ and confessing Him 
publicly we were lost. We thank God for showing us the 
Light and for guiding us and our granddaughters to the 
Rosemont Brethren Church of Martinsburg, W. Va., 
where they study and where they preach only the Word 
of God. 



Martinsburg Pastor Baptizes Six 



We know the one thing that pleases our Lord is to 
see decisions for Him that mean business. This is true 
of a pastor, too, and it is little wonder you see a big 
smile on Brother Peer's face as he stands in the midst 
of six young people that he recently baptized at Martins- 



burg, W. Va. These young people, by following the Lord 
in baptism, indicate their willingness to go all the way 
with Him. The one thing that could make the smile a 
little bigger (if possible) is the fact that one of the six 
was his daughter. 



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Christmas in a Hogan---1954 



During the last days of November and the first weeks 
of December the mission saw an increase of mail and 
freight parcels coming into the compound, all destined 
to help make the Christmas a bright spot in the lives 
of the Navaho people of the Counselor Trading Post 
area. With school closed for the week before Christmas 
and the week after Christmas, all time was concentrated 
on the sorting of these parcels full of clothing, toys, 
candy, and personal items. No distribution was done 
from the mission through a local gathering because of 
the problems in handling the crowds and the drunken- 
ness prevalent at every Navaho gathering now. Each 
schoolchild went home on December 17 with a large bag 
full of toys, candy, clothing, games, and personal items. 
This was his own personal Christmas gift from the mis- 
sion and the churches, groups, and individuals that had 
sent in such generous boxes. 

Special boxes were made up for the families of the 
Christians. It was decided to take Christmas to the 
people instead of having the problem of an unruly crowd 
at the mission. Also, we could take things to those who 
best deserved them and to the camps that we wished to 
make contact with. Everything was sorted into boxes 
and loaded onto the mission pickup truck. Five of the 
Christian Navaho people accompanied the mission work- 
ers to help in the singing of Christmas carols, telling of 
the story, and handing out the gifts. It was a full truck 
and jeep that drove out of the mission one morning just 
before Christmas and began the bouncing ride over 
wagon trails, with intermittent stops at hogan sites. 
Because of the many who helped make this possible but 
who didn't have the opportunity to go along and receive 
the blessing of giving to the people, we shall take you to 
one hogan visit on the way. 

We drove through a rolling hill country covered with 
pinon and juniper. The ground was nearly carpeted with 
a week-old layer of snow. Sheep bells attached to the 
truck jingled our approach over the twisting wagon ruts. 
Sheltered from the cold winter wind in a small vale, 
surrounded by outcroppings of weathered orange sand- 
stone, squatted a small earthen lodge, almost indistin- 
guishable from the earth about it. The litter of rags, tin 
cans, and heap of fresh ashes suggested recent occupa- 
tion. A faint smoke rising from the smokehole told us 
that someone was home. Our first greeters were five 
very hungry dogs that welcomed the red truck and 
green jeep with howls, yelps, and snarls of contempt. 
Three small faces with hair in various stages of disorder 
peered out from under the rags that hung over the door 
to keep the winter from slipping its fingers through the 
cracks. They relayed a message to those inside, of the 
strange caravan that had halted on the clearing outside. 

We all dismounted from the vehicles and walked 
toward the hogan and called a greeting to the people in 
their native tongue. The rags were thrown back and the 
slab-door tilted on its baling-wire hinges. It was neces- 
sary to duck to enter the low door. As we entered, chil- 
dren hid in piles of old blankets or hung their heads in 
shyness. A mother squatted near the oilcan stove and 
shared the children's embarrassment with a grin. A 
small crippled boy, unable to scurry to safety with his 
brothers and sisters, cried in fear of the strange new- 
comers. An old blind man sat up from his nap on a 



By Evan Adams 



sheepskin and tried to evaluate his visitors by cocking 
his ear slightly. 

The home was as meager as the rugged and fruitless 
land on which it stood. A wooden crate held the per- 
petual sack of flour, can of baking soda, small can of 
lard, a box of salt, and three chipped porcelain cups. On 
the old oilcan stove sat a coffee pot burned black and 
streaked with old boilings, like the tear-streaked face of 
the dirty little crippled boy. On the ground near the 
stove sat a saucepan with a thin stew remaining from 
the last bread-dipping meal. An occasional faded maga- 
zine picture tried to smile from the log walls and ceiling. 
Even the blankets were old and faded and covered with 
dust so that one had the feeling of finding people living 
as near the earth as possible without actually returning 
unto the earth from which they had come. 

We circled the hogan shaking hands and exchanging 
greetings. The woman looked up and spoke to one of 
the Navaho Christians: "Some day I am going to die, it 
is so cold in here." The old blind man, in much better 
spirits, called out to know who we were and why we had 
come. When it was told that we had come from the mis- 
sion to bring Christmas to their home, the old man 
replied, "I like candy too!" "Have you any shirts?" he 
asked, exposing his only shirt, a dirty old T-shirt. One 
of the Navaho Christians explained that we would first 
like to sing some Christians songs and tell the joy of 
Christmas; then we had a truck full of things to make 
anyone's heart glad. The mother of the children, too 
embarrased to answer, only grinned again and looked at 
the ground. The old man said, "I'm ready." During the 
singing of the songs in the native tongue, the speaking 
of the words, there was no show on the faces of the 
people that they heard or understood. It was as though 
ages of fear and superstition had cast a layer of sedi- 
mentary stone over the souls of these people. Although 
we were in the same hogan, we were thousands of years 
apart. 

The people were invited out to the truck to receive a 
token of the birth of Christ. Clothing boxes were opened. 
Soon the teen-age girls were wearing fine woolen coats. 
Each child had his hands full of toys, crayons, cracker- 
jacks, candy, shirts. A dog tried to help the little crippled 
boy lick his sucker. He would willingly have shared it, 
but it was so good. The mother had her arms filled with 
canned milk, combs, soap, washrags, candy, cracker- 
jacks, children's clothing, some new stockings, and a 
new headscarf. She was still grinning shyly, hardly 
knowing where to cast her glance. The old man squatted 
on the ground chewing his candy, his lap full of shirts, 
underwear, socks, and a large warm overcoat. "I need 
soap too," he called toward the truck. 

As we drove from that camp toward the next visit, 
one could hardly help but feel that we had been in a 
conflict with the ages, and hadn't moved our adversary, 
nor comprehended him. The story we were carrying and 
rejoicing in was as old — yet, unheard, uncomprehended, 
unheeded. It takes a long time to crack into the stone 
covering Navaholand. 



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Christmas Scenes in Navaholand 




The Brethren Navaho Mission 
schoolchildren receiving their 
paper bags containing toys, 
candy, clothing, games, and 
personal items provided for 
them by friends, churches, and 
organizations across the na- 
tion. 



In taking Christmas to the 
camps, a little girl receives a 
doll, an old blind Navaho man 
receives clothes and soap, and 
a mother receives items for 
her family. 



On the left, Mr. Lee Trujillo, 
the mission interpreter, is 
shown distributing gifts. In 
the background is Mrs. Evan 
Adams, who helped, along 
with other members of the 
missionary staff. The lady on 
the horse takes all the gifts 
she can in addition to her 
apparent capacity load. 



FROM ONE TO SIXTEEN CLASSES AND FIRST PLACE 

(Continued From Page 118) 

1. 1952, until moving out of town the following year. He 
was a very capable and earnest leader. 

Upon Brother Byrd's leaving, it fell my lot as assistant 
to take over this position until the June elections. Being 
returned to office, I can say in true humility, my God has 
been my stay and helper and if anything has been ac- 
complished, it's because He is faithful. Our prayers are 
heard and answered, and "the people have a mind to 
work." Our classes number 16, with an average attend- 
ance of 176 for the past year. Our facilities are again 
overcrowded and we are praying that it may be the 
Lord's will soon to start work on the main portion of the 
church building. 

Our school won the Sunday-school banner in Division 
D for December, and it is our goal to keep it until June. 



PRAYER, PROGRESS, PRAISE 

(Continued From Page 116) 

radio ministry. On October 31, 1951. the church initiated 
a radio program, "The Gospel Truth." Since that time 
the Rosemont Brethren Church has been on the air with 
the saving Gospel of grace every Sunday without miss- 
ing a single Sunday. At first, the music for the program 
was provided by the Home Missions Council recordings. 
Since national conference of last year the church has 
purchased a tape recorder, which has made possible the 
broadcasting of the Gospel Truth locally. The music for 
the Gospel Truth is now furnished by our church choir, 
under the direction of Mr. Harold Busey, with Mrs. 
Clyde Bryarly at the Hammond organ. Many favorable 
comments have been received from our radio audience 
since the church now produces the entire broadcast. 

"Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the 
Lord rmy have free course and be glorified . . ." (II 
Theos. 3:1). 



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The BRETHREN 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



WAYNESBORO, PA. Mrs. Wm. 
Gray, wife of the pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, remains in serious 
physical condition. She has been in 
poor health since August, and on 
Feb. 10 was taken to John Hopkins 
Hospital, Baltimore, Md., by ambu- 
lance. Prayer is requested. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Dr. Paul R. 
Bauman conducted the spring Bible 
conference at the First Brethren 
Church Feb. 13-16. Rev. Wm. Stef- 
fler is pastor. 

CANTON. OHIO. The First Breth- 
ren Church plans to redecorate the 
interior of their building. John Dill- 
ing is pastor. 

EVANGELISM SUNDAY. FEB 27 

CONNELLSVILLE, PA. Persons 
having friends or relatives living in 
this city should send the names and 
addresses to Rev. Clyde Landrum, 
350 Morgantown, Uniontown, Pa. A 
Bible class has been started here. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. The Northern 
Ohio District youth rally will be 
held at the First Brethren Church 
Feb. 25-26. Kenneth Ashman will be 
host pastor. Dr. Percy Crawford will 
be speaker on Sat., Feb. 25. 

ROANOKE, VA. Paul Mohler, 
pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
Covington, Va., was speaker at the 
Youth for Christ on Jan. 29. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. Rev. Lewis 
Hohenstein, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, recommends a 
study on personal evangelism which 
can be used in almost any type of 
meeting. Order 15c samples from 
Twentieth Century Evangelism, Box 
345, Pasadena, Calif. 

EVANGELISM SUNDAY, FEB. 27 

KITTANNING, PA. Donald Ross- 
man was ordained to the Christian 
ministry on Feb. 5 at the North Buf- 
falo Brethren Church. The sermon 
for the ordination service was deliv- 
ered by Dr. W. A. Ogden. Other 
ministers who assisted in the service 
were Stanley Hauser, Wm. Schaffer, 



Ward Tressler, Clair Gartland, Ho- 
mer Lingenfelter, and John Burns. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. A bill (H. 
R. 2838) is before the House of Rep- 
resentatives relating to the definition 
of charitable contributions, in which 
an amendment has been offered in 
which "payments of tuition by the 
taxpayer for the attendance of his 
children at a primary or secondary 
school conducted on a religious basis 
by an organization organized and 
operated for religious or educational 
purposes shall be treated as a con- 
tribution or gift by the taxpayer to 
such organization." 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Mr. Mark 
Jury, a member of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Fort Wayne, Ind., and 
executive secretary of the Fort 
Wayne Red Cross Chapter, was guest 
speaker at Grace Seminary Feb. 4. 



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GLENDALE, CALIF. If you have 
friends or relatives living in San 
Fernando Valley (Reseda or Canoga 
Park areas), please send their ad- 
dresses to Rev. J. Keith Altig, 632 
W. Stocker Ave., Glendale 2. The 
California District Mission Board is 
considering this field for a mission 
point. 

EVANGELISM SUNDAY. FEB. 27 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO. The 
members of the Grace Brethren 
Church held a surprise housewarm- 
ing and food shower for the pastor, 
Richard L. Burch, and family Jan. 
21. On Jan. 16-17 members partici- 
pated in the religious census, making 



400 calls in an area just north of the 
church. The result was information 
of 100 families in that vicinity as 
possible prospects. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Arnold R. 
Kriegbaum, editor of the Missionary 
Herald, arrived in southern Califor- 
nia by plane on Feb. 18, to present 
the work of the Missionary Herald 
among the different churches in that 
area. 

YORK, PA. The Atlantic District 
winter WMC rally was held at the 
Grace Brethren Church Feb. 14. 
Gerald Polman is pastor. 

HOPEWELL, PA. A Bible confer- 
ence was held at the Grace Brethren 
Church Feb. 3-5, with Rev. Craig 
Massey as the speaker. Sheldon W. 
Snyder is pastor. 

EVANGELISM SUNDAY. FEB. 27 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Rev. 
Claude Bunzel, director of Twenti- 
eth Century Evangelism, a home- 
mission project to oppose Commu- 
nistic infiltration into the churches 
of America, was guest speaker at the 
First Brethren Church Sunday eve- 
ning, Jan. 30. Dr. Charles W. Mayes 
is pastor. 

CHICO, CALIF. The far-west 
home-mission workshop will be held 
at the Grace Brethren Church Feb. 
22-24. Dr. L. L. Grubb and Lester 
Pifer arrived in southern California 
by plane on Feb. 12. On Feb. 21 they 
will fly to Chico for the workshop. 

SPECIAL. Rev. R. I. Humberd will 
speak at the following places: Pacific 
Bible College, Azusa, Calif. (Feb. 
25): Independent Church of the 
Brethren, Los Angeles, Calif. (Mar. 
2); Grace Brethren Church, San 
Bernardino, Calif. (Mar. 7-9) ; Breth- 
ren Mission. Taos, N. Mex. (Mar. 11- 
21); and LeTourneau Foundation, 
Longview, Tex. (Mar. 23). 

EVANGELISM SUNDAY, FEB. 27 



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Waynesboro, Pa. . 


Feb. 


21-Mar. 


6. 


Akron, Ohio 


Feb. 


23-27.. 




Kittanning, Pa. . . 


Feb. 


27-Mar. 


4. 


San Diego, Calif. 


Feb. 


27-Mar. 


13 


Wooster, Ohio. . . . 


Mar. 


6-20... 




Cuyahoga Falls, 








Ohio 


Mar. 


13-20.. 




Dayton, Ohio 








(Patterson P'k) Mar. 


13-27.. 




La Verne, Calif. . 


Mar. 


20-Apr. 


3. 


Conemaugh, Pa.. 


Mar. 


20 -Apr. 


3. 


Ashland, Ohio. . . . 


Mar. 


22-Apr. 


3. 


Uniontown, Pa . . . 


Mar. 


27-Apr. 


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PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Date Pastor Evangelist 

Wm. Gray Wm. Steffler. 

M. L. Myers Paul Bauman. 

Donald Rossman. . Crusade Team 2. 

Archer Baum.... Crusade Team 1. 

Kenneth Ashman. Crusade Team 2. 

Richard Burch. . . John Whitcomb. 



C. S. Zimmerman. Richard DeArmey. 

Victor Meyers Bill Smith. 

Stanley Hauser... Harold Etling. 

Miles Taber Crusade Team 2. 

Clyde Landrum.. Dean Fetterhoff. 



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EVANGELISM SUNDAY - - - FEB. 27 



PERSONAL EVANGELISM 

By ARCHIE LYNN 
Evangelist, Crusade Team Two 



JOINS CRUSADE 



The greatest business in the world 
is soul-winning. This is one type of 
business in which every Christian 
should be engaged. Dr. Lyman Ab- 
bott declared: "The greatest work 
one can do for another is to win him 
to Christ. This was in the mind of 
the Lord Jesus when He said: "Come 
ye after me, and I will make you to 
become fishers of men" (Mark 1:17). 

Personal Evangelism Needed 

The word "evangelism" might be 
divided "ev-tmgeZ-ism." Putting the 
angel or messenger into evangelism 
is the supreme need of the hour. 
Personal contact is the method 
taught in the New Testament. Out 
of the 40 people who are recorded as 
having come to Christ, only six came 
apparently of their own accord. The 
remaining 34 were brought to Jesus 
by somebody. It is imperative that 
men come to the Lord Jesus Christ 
and get saved, and then they will be 
compelled to go after the unsaved 
by the Holy Spirit of God. 

Personal Evangelism Neglected 

In the field of personal evangelism 
there is indeed a man shortage. A 
sitdown strike in the vineyard of the 



Lord. Many people love Jesus, but 
not enough to make a personal ef- 
fort to win others to Him. Yet, per- 
sonal evangelism is the main busi- 
ness of the child of God. This is true, 
in spite of the fact that many treat it 
as incidental to the Christian life. 
Personal evangelism is paramount. 
In many respects the main business 
of the church has been neglected. 
The religious sideshow consumes so 
much of our interest that we miss 
the main event in the main tent. 

Personal Evangelism Taught 

"For the Son of man is come to 
seek and to save that which was 
lost" (Luke 19:10). 

The chief method of winning men 
as taught by Jesus was personal 
evangelism We have the examples 
of Jesus and the woman at the well, 
and the case of Jesus and Zacchaeus. 

One of the main aims of the Breth- 
ren Evangelistic Crusade is to preach 
Christ in such a manner that men 
will come to love Him, and in turn 
they will come to love the lost about 
them. It is the love of Christ that 
constrains the believer to go forth 
and witness to the saving grace of 
the Lord Jesus. 




.J ! 

DEAN FETTERHOFF 

By Clyde Landrum 

The Board of Evangelism is pleased 
to announce that Dean Fetterhoff, 
Grace Seminary senior, will be affil- 
iated with the board after his gradu- 
ation from Grace this spring. He is a 
graduate of Bob Jones University 
and is a member of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Flora, Ind. 

Since he is definitely led of the 
Lord to the field of evangelism, the 
board feels that Dean Fetterhoff will 
be greatly used by the Lord in the 
great revival-evangelism work of 
the Brethren Church. He has already 
had much experience in this field, 
having held many meetings while 
attending Bob Jones and Grace Sem- 
inary, and in summer work. 

Dean is married and has one child, 
Robert Dean, aged five months. Mrs. 
Fetterhoff was formerly Miss Billy 
Jean Hardy, and is from Jackson, 
Miss. 



REASONS FOR A SPECIAL CRUSADE OFFERING FEB. 27 




Crusade Tent at Taos, N. Mex. 



1. To assist small mission churches in 
their evangelistic programs. 

2. To provide needed equipment for the 
Crusade Teams which would facilitate 
their work. 

THE BOARD OF EVANGELISM— BOX 15, WINONA LAKE, INDIANA 



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MEYERSDALE BRETHREN CHURCH 
Meyersdale, Pa. 



"There is a great deal more said in 
the Bible about praise than prayer; 
yet how few praise meetings there 
are." — Dwight L. Moody. 

"Figures do not lie," according to 
some sage. And it is true that figures 
do not always tell the whole story; 
yet they certainly reveal trends or 
results. Figures also show what God 
is doing. 

The Meyersdale Brethren Church, 
Meyersdale, Pa., was organized May 
17, 1950, with a membership of 146. 
For more than two years our church 
met in the little building owned by 
the Evangelical United Brethren 
Church. We had no church home. 
We were indeed thankful to God and 
to the members of this church who 
so graciously shared their building 
with us while our church was being 
built. Under the guidance of Gerald 
Polman our church was constructed. 

In February 1951 we moved to the 
basement of the new church, where 
we held regular services until the 
following August. The church near- 
ing completion was dedicated Au- 
gust 19, 1951. The total cost of the 
edifice was $90,000. Since that time 
the debt has been more than two- 
thirds cleared, leaving at the pres- 
ent time a debt of $25^000. 

"How," one might ask, "was the 
debt paid off so rapidly?" There is 
only one answer — "showers of bless- 
ings"! We know that prayer changes 
things; therefore we prayed. From 
the conception of this work in Mey- 
ersdale every problem has been 
taken to the Lord. 

The Bible school had a very active 
part in the reduction of the indebt- 
edness on the Meyersdale church. 
From year to year projects were 
selected, and the goals were met by 
each group. The women's Bible class 



completed their project by paying 
for the cost of all the brick in the 
new church. The Win-A-Couple 
Class purchased a new Hammond 
organ with chimes and a public- 
address system, making it possible 
to amplify the organ music so it can 
be heard throughout the neighbor- 
hood. This project was completed in 
1954. 

The "showers of blessings" con- 
tinued falling, and our people were 
eager to do their part to get the most 
out of those blessings. Each one put 
his shoulder to the wheel; and 1955 
is but a year in which we expect 
more "showers." A goal of $12,600 
has been set by our church as the 
amount we aim to pay on the build- 



SHOWERS 

OF 
BLESSINGS 



BY 



Irene Seigner 



ing indebtedness. This will mean 
that one-half of the indebtedness 
will be paid during 1955. When folk 
are under the load like this, we can 
expect "showers of blessings." 

The membership has increased 
rapidly. We now have 191 members, 
not counting those who have left our 
community. Several of our families 
have moved to other cities, where 
they too are knowing the "showers 
of blessings" as they are helping in 
the establishment of several home- 
mission churches. The Harry Knep- 
per family moved to York, Pa., and 
are active in the new home-mission 
church there. The Roland Maust and 
and Mahlon Bowser families have 



moved to Elyria, Ohio, and have 
played a great part in the home- 
mission church in Elyria. Two have 
left our midst for foreign soil — Geor- 
gina Solt is in Costa Rica and Gloria 
DiValentino is in Borneo, serving 
as missionaries. Ward Tressler, for- 
merly of Meyersdale, is pastor of our 
home-mission church in Altoona. Pa. 
Brethren, the "showers of blessings" 
have fallen, and they continue to 
fall. At the present time we have 
eight young people in Christian col- 
leges preparing for Christian service. 
Six of these are attending Grace 
College. Another is preparing for 
Christian service as an artist at 
Pittsburgh, Pa. 

During the year of 1953 the total 
receipts were $23,576, and for 1954 
they were $23,673. Our church is 
missionary-minded, so the "showers 
of blessings" continue to fall. 

Many gifts have been presented to 
the church during the few years we 
have been organized. The lots on 
which the church stands were gifts 
from a child of God. The beautiful 
cross on the front of the church was 
a gift, and has blessed many souls 
who enter the hospital across the 
street from the church, or who find 
comfort through this symbol of vic- 
tory as they view it from their hos- 
pital bed. Other gifts to the church 
include an electric mimeograph ma- 
chine, steel cabinet bases for the 
kitchen, a studio grand piano, elec- 
tric vacuum cleaner with attach- 
ments, and two chrome candelabra. 

"Showers of blessings" indeed have 
fallen on the Meyersdale Brethren 
Church. In fact, it would be impos- 
sible to count the blessings. We are 
truly thankful to the Lord Jesus 
Christ for our former pastor, Gerald 
Polman, who assisted us in the early 
stages of our work, and for H. Leslie 
Moore, our present pastor, who has 
labored diligently through the years. 



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ELECTION 




The doctrine of election is to be 
looked upon as only a particular ap- 
plication of the general doctrine of 
predestination or foreordination as 
it relates to the salvation of sinners, 
and since the Scriptures are con- 
cerned mainly with the redemption 
of sinners, this part of the doctrine 
is naturally thrown into a place of 
special prominence. Since this is the 
act of an infinite moral Person, it is 
represented as being the eternal, ab- 
solute, immutable, effective deter- 
mination by His will of the objects 
of His saving operations. No aspect 
of this elective choice is more con- 
stantly emphasized than that of its 
absolute sovereignty. 

The doctrine of election holds to 
the existence of an eternal, divine 
decree which, prior to any difference 
or desert in men themselves, ordains 
them to everlasting life. So far as 
this decree relates to men it desig- 
nates the counsel of God concerning 
those who had a supremely favor- 
able chance in Adam to earn salva- 
tion, but who lost that chance. As a 
result of the fall they are guilty and 
corrupted; their motives are entirely 
wrong, and they cannot work out 
their own salvation They have for- 
feited all claim upon God's mercy, 
and might justly have been left to 
suffer the penalty of their disobedi- 
ence. The elect members of this race 
are rescued from this state of guilt 
and sin and are brought into a state 
of blessedness and holiness. The lost 
are simply left to their own previous 
state of ruin, and are condemned for 
their sins. They suffer no unmerited 
punishment, for God is dealing with 
them not merely as men, but as 
sinners. 

Proof From Scripture 

In Paul's letter to the Ephesians 
we read that "he chose us in him 
before the foundation of the world, 



By ALFRED DODDS 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 
South Gate, Calif. 



that we should be holy and without 
blemish before him in love: having 
foreordained us unto adoption as 
sons through Jesus Christ unto him- 
self, according to the good pleasure 
of his will" (Eph. 1:4-5 ASV). In 
Romans 8:29-30 (ASV) we read of 
that golden chain of redemption 
which stretches from eternity past 
on through to that eternity which is 
yet to come: "For whom he fore- 
knew, he also foreordained to be 
conformed to the image of his Son, 
that he might be the firstborn among 
many brethren: and whom he fore- 
ordained, them he also called: and 
whom he called, them he also justi- 
fied: and whom he justified, them he 
also glorified." 

Foreknown, foreordained, called, 
justified, glorified, and with always 
the same people included; and where 
one of these factors is present, all 
the others are in principle present 
with it. Paul has cast the verse in 
the past tense because with God the 
purpose is in principle executed 
when formed, so certain is it of ful- 
fillment. The great theologian Dr. 
Ben Warfield says: "These five gold- 
en links are welded together in one 
unbreakable chain, so that all who 
are set upon in God's gracious dis- 
tinguishing view are carried on by 
His grace, step by step, up to the 
great consummation of that glorifi- 
cation which realizes the promised 
conformity to the image of God's 
own Son. It is election, you see, that 
does all this; for 'whom he foreknew 
. . . them he also glorified.' " 

The Scriptures represent election 
as occurring in time past, irrespec- 
tive of personal merit, and altogether 
sovereign: "For the children being 
not yet born, neither having done 
anything good or bad, that the pur- 
pose of God according to election 
might stand, not of works, but of 
him that calleth, it was said unto her, 
The elder shall serve the younger. 



Even as it is written, Jacob I loved, 
but Esau I hated" (Rom. 9:11-12 
ASV). Now if the doctrine of elec- 
tion were not true, what could the 
apostle mean by such direct state- 
ments as these? 

"We are pointed illustratively to 
the sovereign acceptance of Isaac 
and rejection of Ishmael, and to the 
choice of Jacob and not of Esau be- 
fore their birth and therefore before 
either had done good or bad; we are 
explicitly told that in the matter of 
salvation it is not of him that wills, 
or of him that runs, but of God that 
shows mercy, and that He has mercy 
on whom He wills, and whom He 
will He hardens; we are pointedly 
directed to behold in God the Potter 
who makes the vessels which pro- 
ceed from His hand each for an end 
of His appointment, that He may 
work out His will upon them. It is 
safe to say that language cannot be 
chosen better adapted to teach pre- 
destination at its height" (Warfield). 
The Scriptures make very plain 
the fact that there has been an elec- 
tion. Christ implicitly declared to 
His disciples: "Ye did not choose me, 
but I chose you, and appointed you, 
that ye should go and bear fruit" 
(John 15:16). By which He made 
God's choice primary and man's 
choice only secondary and a result 
of the former. Arminian theology, 
however, in making salvation depend 
upon man's choice to use or abuse 
proffered grace, reverses this order 
and makes man's choice the primary 
and decisive one. Nowhere in the 
Scriptures do we see an election 
which is carefully adjusted to the 
foreseen actions of the creature. The 
divine will is never made dependent 
upon the creature's will for its de- 
terminations. 

Again the sovereignty of His choice 
is clearly taught when Paul declares 
to the Roman church that God com- 
mended His love toward us in that 
"while ive were yet sinners, Christ 
died for us" (Rom. 5:8); and that 
"Christ died for the ungodly" (Rom. 
5:6). Here we see plainly that His 
love was ?iot extended toward us 
because we were good, but in spite 
of the fact that we were bad. It is 
God who chooses the person and 
causes him to approach unto Him 
(Ps. 65:4). Arminianism takes this 
choice out of the hands of God and 
places it in the hands of man. Any 
system which substitutes a man- 
made election falls far below the 
Scripture teaching on this subject. 
Praise God, salvation is all of grace! 
(Eph. 2:8-9). 



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A short time before our Lord was 
crucified He told His disciples that 
He must go to His Father's house 
and prepare a place for His children, 
and that He would come again (John 
14:1-3). Also, in Acts 1:11, as He 
ascended into heaven, the disciples 
were told that He would so come in 
lake manner as they saw Him go 
into heaven. We are told in many 
New Testament passages to be 
watching and waiting, for Christ will 
return in such an hour as ye think 
not. The question then arises: What 
effect will this have upon the gentile 
nations? 

To fully understand this question 
we must first distinguish between 
the events of the second coming. We 
first must note that there are two 
comings. Christ will first come back 
for His saints, which we call the 
Rapture (I Thess. 4:15-18). Then 
after a period of time Christ will 
come back in glory with His saints, 
which we call the Revelation (II 
Thess. 1:10). 

Next we must understand that 
during the period between these 
comings the judgments take place, 
of which there are at least five. The 
first judgment is that of the believ- 
ers' works and this takes place some 
time between the second coming and 
the marriage of the Lamb (I Cor. 
3:10-15). This judgment doesn't de- 
termine whether they are saved or 
lost but what their rewards for serv- 
ice will be. 

The second judgment is the judg- 
ment of living Israelites. This will 
take place at the time Christ estab- 
lishes His kingdom (Ezek. 20:33). 
This judgment is to determine those 
from among that nation who will be 
counted worthy to enter the cov- 
enanted kingdom. 



The fourth judgment is the judg- 
ment of the dead as found in Reve- 
lation 20:11-15. This takes place at 
the great white throne after the 
thousand years. The fifth judgment 
will be the judgment of angels, in 
which the angels that kept not their 
first estate (Jude 6) will be judged. 
The doom of both these judgments is 
the lake of fire. 

Now let us go back to the third 
judgment which is the judgment of 
the nations, to see what relation the 
second coming has to the gentile 
nations. The basic passage for the 
study of this judgment is Matthew 
25:31-46. At this time Christ will 
judge the gentile nations to deter- 
mine who among the nations shall 
enter the kingdom prepared for 
them from the foundation of the 
world. There is going to be a test 
that the Lord will use, and that is 
the treatment the nations will have 
given to Israel. The church is not 
referred to here because it will have 
been taken to heaven to be with the 
Lord and will have returned to reign 
with Him. The brethren in this pas- 
sage are Israel. 

This judgment is not a general 



CHRIST'S 
COMING 



judgment of saved and lost, for there 
are three classes referred to here — 
the nation Israel, those who perse- 
cuted the Jews, and those who did 
not. During the tribulation the gen- 
tile peoples will be divided over the 
issue of Israel, and Israel will be the 
victim of terrible persecution such 
as they have never before had. The 
kingdom therefore belongs to Israel; 
the only nations that will share in 
their glory will be those that have 
treated them kindly. Over in Zech- 
ariah 2:8 we read, "He that toucheth 
you toucheth the apple of his eye." 
That is, he that toucheth Israel 
toucheth the apple of God's eye. 
Therefore, they who persecute Israel 
will themselves be punished by God 
for it. 

In Matthew 25:32 we find that the 
Son of man will separate these na- 
tions as a shepherd divides his sheep 
from the goats. The sheep are those 
who have treated Israel in a kindly 
manner. This is not to be confused 
with the Christians of this age who 
enter heaven on the ground of the 
finished work of Christ, nor is the 
goat to be confused with those of 
this age who reject Christ as their 
Saviour. The goats referred to here 
are those nations that have treated 
Israel unkindly during the tribula- 
tion period. 

The results of this judgment of the 
gentile nations is found in Matthew 
25:34. 41. As for the sheep, the 34th 
verse tells us that they shall inherit 
the kingdom that is prepared for 
them from the foundation of the 
world. As for the goats, we are told 
in the 41st verse that the Lord will 
say to them: "Depart from me, ye 
cursed, into everlasting fire, pre- 
pared for the devil and his angels." 
It must also be remembered that this 
is a judgment of the living; there is 
no mention here of the dead. This is 
not to be confused with the great 
white throne judgment in which the 
dead great and small will be judged. 



GENTILE NATIONS 



BY ROBERT GRIFFITH 

PASTOR, GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH 
LAKE ODESSA. MICH. 



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TRIUMPH 
OVER 
DEATH 



Perhaps the most revolting word 
to the human mind is "death." It 
conveys the idea of cessation of ac- 
tivity. Death, when considered apart 
from the Scriptures, seems so un- 
reasonable, and the materialistic 
person takes little or no time to 
think about it. As we face the fact 
of death in ministering to those who 
are bereaved, we sense a wide vari- 
ety of reactions. Some folk are pre- 
pared for it; others become bitter; 
still others want to appear indiffer- 
ent; but try as we may, death is an 
enemy that confronts all of us. We 
must turn to God's Word for an an- 
swer to the problem of death — what 
it is, its origin, and how to triumph 
over it. First, then, consider — 

What Death Is 

Someone has recently subscribed 
to a magazine for the writer in which 
an attempt is continually made to 
prove that death means the "annihi- 
lation" of the body, soul, and spirit. 
With this hypothesis God's Word 
does not agree. We are given to un- 
derstand that God created man a 
trinity — body, soul, and spirit (I 
Thess. 5:23). Death in the Scriptures 
is used in two distinct ways: It re- 
fers to (1) the separation of the soul 
from the body, the soul being the 
spiritual part of man and the body 
the material part. When the soul 
leaves the body, we say the person 
has died, and the body is buried. 
This is physical death. Death is also 
(2) a separation of man from God. 
This is spiritual death. The notion 




By RUSSELL WEBER 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Hagerstown, Md. 



that death means "annihilation" is in 
no way substantiated by the Scrip- 
tures as it relates to mankind. 

The Bible teaches that physical 
death is the portion of all men (Heb. 
9:27). (Only those who will be living 
when the Lord Jesus Christ returns 
for His own will escape physical 
death.) Also, we are told that all 
men, outside of Christ, are partakers 
of spiritual death (Rom. 5:12). One 
writer says: "Death is the opposite 
of life; it never denotes nonexist- 
ence. As spiritual life is 'conscious 
existence in communion with God,' 
so spiritual death is 'conscious exist- 
ence in separation from God.' ' }1 We 
consider next — 

The Origin of Death 

The Genesis account of creation 
shows clearly that God created all 
things perfect and good (Gen. 1:31). 
He also created man perfect, and set 
him apart from the rest of His crea- 
tion by breathing "into his nostrils 
the breath of life; and man became a 
living soul" (Gen. 2:7). Upon placing 
man in the Garden of Eden, God 
said: "For in the day that thou eatest 
thereof [of the tree of the knowledge 
of good and evil] thou shalt surely 
die" (Gen. 2:17). Chapter 3 of Gen- 
esis describes the fall of man, and 
the entrance of both spiritual and 
physical death into the human race. 
Concerning the origin of sin, Chafer 
says: "Both spiritual death and phys- 
ical death, though so different in 



character and manner in which they 
reach Adam's posterity, originate 
alike in the first sin of the first 
man." 2 Thus we conclude that death 
originated in the disobedience of 
man to God's will. There is, how- 
ever, deliverance from death, and it 
is possible to experience — 

The Triumph Over Death 

In considering victory in any 
given conflict, the defeat of the 
enemy is implied; unless the enemy 
is destroyed there can be no victory. 
In our passage (I Cor. 15:54-58), we 
have the conclusion of a section in 
which the Apostle Paul deals with 
the matter of the resurrection and 
the mystery of the allasso — the 
changing of the believer from mor- 
tality into immortality, and the vic- 
tory over death. The key to the tri- 
umph over death is to be seen in 
verse 57, "But thanks be unto God 
which giveth us the victory through 
our Lord Jesus Christ." There is no 
triumph over death apart from the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

We note that "the sting of death is 
sin" (vs. 56), and "all have sinned 
and come short of the glory of God" 
(Rom. 3:23). This fact places all men 
under the sentence of death. To be 
delivered from death, the penalty 
must be paid, and the one who has 
the power of death must be de- 
stroyed. None but the Lord Jesus 
Christ could accomplish this; there- 
fore, He "his own self bare our sins 
in his body upon the tree, that we, 
having died unto sins, might live un- 
to righteousness; by whose stripes 
ye were healed" (I Pet. 2:24 ASV). 
In like manner our Lord destroyed 
him who had the power of death. 
"Since then the children are sharers 
in flesh and blood, he also himself in 
like manner partook of the same; 
that through death he might bring to 
nought him that had the power of 
death, that is, the devil" (Heb. 2:14 
ASV). Thus the penalty is paid and 
the enemy is destroyed, and to all 
who will receive the Lord Jesus 
Christ as personal Saviour there is 
deliverance from sin, and the glori- 
ous prospect of complete "triumph 
over death" when Christ comes back 
for His own. Then, "death is swal- 
lowed up in victory!" The victory is 
assured; it remains but to be fully 
manifested in the day of Christ. Oh 
glorious triumph! "Therefore ... be 
ye stedfast, unmoveable . . . your 
labour is not in vain in the Lord." 



1. "Expository Dictionary of New Testa- 
ment Words." W. E. Vine (p. 276). 



2. "Systematic Theology." Lewis Sperry 
Chafer) Vol. II. p. 217). 



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CHURCHES 



South Pasadena, Calif. 

Opening on New Year's Eve with 
a watchnight service, the Fremont 
Avenue Brethren Church held a 
three-weeks revival, including four 
Sundays, with Walter Lepp, evange- 
list, and Charles Bergerson, pianist. 
A tenor soloist was added to the 
team for part time. This was the 
first time the church had held three 
weeks of continuous services. Many 
of the faithful members come from a 
distance and it was a tribute to their 
faithfulness that they were regular. 

The membership of the church is 
about 100. The field is one of the 
hardest of which we have knowl- 
edge; yet the attendance was en- 
couraging. There were 46 public 
decisions, all but three of which 
were either members or other Chris- 
tians seeking a closer walk and 
fuller surrender to the Lord. There 
were 25 children who came in a 
special Sunday-school decision serv- 



ice which are included in the total 
of 46. 

The music, both instrumental and 
vocal, was of the finest. The preach- 
ing was most inspiring and instruc- 
tive. The fellowship was rich and 
unifying. The meetings were em- 
phatically revivalistic and stimu- 
lated the spiritual life of all in 
attendance. — Dr. Charles H. Ash- 
man, pastor. 

York, Pa. 

For two weeks Crusade Team Two 
h;id the blessed privilege of preach- 
ing the glorious Gospel in song and 
sermon. 

We were pleased with the growth 
this new group has made in so short 
a time. The people are united and 
faithful. They love their pastor and 
are pulling together for greater vic- 
tories. The spirit of cooperation was 
good. The hospitality and fellowship 
were refreshing. We never worked 
with a finer pastor and people. A 
iarge number of important decisions 
were made, and for all these bless- 
ings we give thanks to our wonder- 
ful Lord. 

This was our first experience with 
our colaborers in the Lord. Brethren 
Jim Martin as pianist and Bill Byers 
as song director and soloist pre- 
sented their dedicated talents unto 
the Lord in a very humble spirit. 



They were a constant source of in- 
spiration to all of us. 

Rev. Gerald Polman and family 
are doing such an excellent job. 
They are held in highest esteem in 
the community. May the Lord con- 
tinue to bless their united efforts. — 
Archie L. Lynn, evangelist, Crusade 
Team Two. 

Kittanning, Pa. 

The Lord showered extra bless- 
ings on us while Crusade Team Two 
was with us the last two weeks of 
January. 

With snow and zero temperatures 
the last 10 nights the attendance fell 
off, but not the interest. There was 
much sickness also in the congrega- 
tion and community. 

Evangelist Lynn preached the sav- 
ing grace of God in his own style. 
The Lord used it to the salvation of 
souls and the strengthening of His 
saints. Bill Byers, the songleader 
and soloist, warmed our hearts with 
his directing and singing. He also 
held the interest of the children in 
the Junior Crusaders meetings with 
his illustrations of the gospel story. 
Jim Martin at the piano and organ 
left nothing undesired with his mu- 
sical talents. 

During the meetings there were 
witnessed 159 decisions — 39 volun- 
teers for the Crusade Band of per- 
sonal workers, 39 confessions of 
Christ as Saviour, 2 applicants for 
church membership by baptism, 1 
full-time life recruit, and 78 renewed 
their faith in the Lord. We praise 
His glorious name for it all. — W. H. 
Schaffer, pastor. 



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FEBRUARY 26, 1955 




EXCAVATING AT DOTHAN — (Above) Slowly, painstakingly, Dr. Joseph P. Free, of Wheaton College, and his staff are 
bringing to light the Dothan of Joshua's day. In the section of the city shown above, house walls, rooms, and buildings 
take shape as the excavation progresses. The lower right part of the picture shows a narrow street, dating back some 
3,000 years. (Lower left) Dr. and Mrs. Free with their two "little archaeologists." Nita, 5, and David, 3'i, on an Iron 
Age wall dating back to the general period of the Prophet Elisha, who also was at Dothan. (Lower right) Dr. Clyde 
Kilby measures and Prof. John Rea draws plans of a Bronze Age structure on the steep side slopes of ancient Dothan. 



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THE BODY EDITORIALS 



Is for the Lord 



By President Alva J. McClain 

Man, created in the image and likeness of his Maker, 
is a highly complex being having spiritual, moral, intel- 
lectual, and physical sides to his nature. No program of 
education can be called completely Christian that does 
not give proper attention to each of these areas of activ- 
ity. Only thus can the entire person, "spirit and soul and 
body," be able to realize completely those possibilities 
which are ours through and in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

In the realm of education there is no question as to 
the things which must come first. The student's spiritual 
relation to God, his conformity to the perfect moral will 
of God, the renewal and training of the mind — these are 
the matters of primary concern. But the physical side of 
life should not be wholly neglected, a tendency which in 
the earlier stages of Christian education may have been 
given impetus because of the undue secular emphasis 
upon life in the body here and now as an end in itself. 
Christianity is concerned with the whole of life, both 
spiritual and physical, both temporally and eternally. 

The body of the Christian believer is not, as some have 
wrongly taught, a rather useless appendage of the spirit, 
a temporary prison-house from which we shall escape 
at death. Although not the most important, the body is 
nevertheless an essential part of man without which he 
would forever be incomplete. That is why, in the Bible, 
death is always pictured as an "enemy," not a friend. 
That is why the true people of God, from the very be- 
ginning, have treated the human body with deep respect, 
even in death and burial. That is why, when the eternal 
God gave the perfect and supreme revelation of himself, 
He became incarnate in a body of flesh and blood. That 
is why the Christian hope of the future always involves 
a resurrection of the body. 

The Bible teaching about the physical body of the 
Christian has been greatly neglected and often seriously 
perverted. The Word of God plainly declares that the 
body is "for the Lord," and "the Lord" is "for the body." 
Our bodies as Christians are actually the very "members 
of Christ"; they are "temples of the Holy Ghost." As 
such, our bodies have been redeemed, "bought with a 
price." For this reason the Bible commands us to "glorify 
God in your body." 

For the above reasons, as set forth clearly in I Corin- 
thians 6:13-20, the body of the Christian must be re- 
garded as something holy in God's sight, to be cared for 
as something very precious, to be trained properly in 
order that its members may function in the greatest 
possible way as "instruments of righteousness" in the 
service of God. To neglect the body in any program of 
Christian education is not only a short-sighted policy; 
it is sin. 



The Most Equisite Delight 

The life story of Dr. Daniel K. Pearson is as interesting 
as any romance. At 91 years of age he had disposed of 
all his great fortune, and passed the "sunset of his life 
in one of the sanitariums which he himself founded." 
For many years he was a generous giver in many worthy 
directions. In the early days of his life he was a poor 
boy. He worked his way through college, living in an 
attic room and cooking his own frugal meals. He was a 
schoolte?cher, studied medicine, and afterwards was a 
farmer, and later engaged in the lumber business. He 
was blessed with a wife, of whom Dr. Pearson has said, 
"She wanted me to make money to give it away." Wealth 
increased at a marvelous rate, and with it the husband 
and wife began to systematically give all the money that 
was made to help young people who were struggling for 
an education. His benevolences have been invested in 
the endowment of 47 colleges in 24 States, 12 of them in 
the South. In his characteristic way he said: "I have had 
more fun than any other rich man alive. They are wel- 
come to their automobiles and yachts. I have discovered 
that giving is the most exquisite delight in the world. I 
intend to die penniless." Dr. Pearson died a poor man 
after making gifts to various causes aggregating $6,000,- 
000. He knew the joy of living for others, and indeed 
laid up his treasure in heaven. — P. R. B. 



We Almost Made It! 

January is a month in which many people endeavor 
to "recover from the effects" of Christmas and brace 
themselves to face the tax collector. Notwithstanding 
these ordeals our churches sent in offerings for Grace 
Seminary's General Fund which amounted to $5,802.85. 
This is just $197.15 short of the $3,000 which the school 
needs each month to care for its operating expenses. 
Many of our churches received their annual offering for 
the school on January 30. Such offerings, even though 
sent in promptly, will not appear until the February 
report published next month. Churches not having 
mailed these offerings to the school are requested to do 
so. We are praying for a record month. — P. R. B. 



AS MARTIN LUTHER SAW IT 

"For several years I have read the Bible through twice 
in every 12 months. It is a great and powerful tree, 
each word of which is a mighty branch; each of these 
branches have I well shaken, so desirous was I to know 
what each one bore and what they would give me. And 
the shaking of them has never disappointed me. Would 
that this one Book were in every language, in every 
land; before the eyes and in the ears and hearts of all 
men! Scripture without any comment is the sun whence 
all teachers receive their light." — Selected. 



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DIGGING AGAIN AT DOTHAN 



(PART I) 



By John Rea 
Associate Professor of Bible Archaeology 

(Note: The writer was on Dr. Free's staff as an area 
supervisor and surveyor during the first season at Do- 
than in 1953.) 

Again last spring Dr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Free and 
their two young children returned to the Kingdom of 
Jordan to excavate at Dothan. Dr. Free is professor of 
archaeology at Wheaton College in Illinois and has had 
considerable experience in the Near East as well. With 
them to form the 1954 staff went Mr. George Kelsey, who 
had been on the 1953 expedition, and his wife and little 
son, Billy; Mr. Edward Griffiths and Mr. Paul Lief eld, 
all students at Wheaton, and Rev. Robert Boyd, of 
Oyster Point, Va. 

In 1953 we had dug into the slope of a hitherto un- 
touched site. We had determined that the tell of Dothan 
(an Arabic word meaning a mound built up by layers 
of ruined cities) was more or less continuously inhab- 
ited from about 3000 B. C. until after 900 B. C. New 
discoveries awaited the 1954 expedition as they moved 
70 miles north to Dothan in Samaria by truck on April 
1. Dr. Free hired about thirty local Arabs to dig. After 
several rainy days, the last of the spring rains, they 
began on April 6. 

The Dump Area 

In 1953 the dirt from the excavation had been carried 
to a small area at the top of the steep slope of the tell. 
As digging would continue, it would be necessary to 
expand this dump. It was important to be sure that no 
city gate or other important structure would be covered 
later on by the growing dump. Thus for the first two 
weeks they dug on the slope, parallel to the 1953 excava- 
tions. In addition to confirming the chronology of the 
early Dothan assigned by Dr. Free in 1953, this prelim- 
inary work brought to light some small juglets directly 
under a house wall in the Iron I Age (1200-900 B. C). 
Altogether there were six juglets, each one about three 
inches high, and some fragmentary bones with them. 

On Top 

On April 19 Dr. Free directed the men to begin to dig 
on the top of the tell, where the surface is more nearly 
level. This area of excavation was enlarged several 
times until by the end of the season it measured 77 by 



SO feet. It extended from the top edge of the slope 
toward the center of the tell. 

In the large photograph of the excavated ruins (cover 
page) can be seen the remaining lower courses of build- 
ings of the Iron I Age. Mrs. Free is supervising the Arab 
workmen who are digging with hoes or carrying the 
dirt in rubber baskets (made of old auto tires) to the 
dump. This level may still have been inhabited when 
Elisha the prophet was living at Dothan about 840 B. C. 
(II Kings 6:13). 

A Greek Coin 

The first day of excavating on top of the tell yielded 
a well-preserved coin bearing in Greek letters the name, 
"Antiochus the King." This king could have been any 
one of the several Seleucid rulers of Syria bearing that 
name between 300 and 100 B. C. He may well have been 
Antiochus IV ("Epiphanes"), who fulfilled the prophecy 
about the "little horn" in Daniel 8:9-14 by desecrating 
the Temple in Jerusalem about 170 B. C. Subsequent 
diggings uncovered five Rhodian jar handles (from 
broken wine jars from the Island of Rhodes south of 
Asia Minor), each stamped with a Greek inscription, 
and Hellenistic lamps and lamp sherds. All of these finds 
indicated the existence of a colony of the Hellenistic 
(Grecian culture) period. 

An Assyrian Bowl 

Another discovery significant for dating the next 
lower (and therefore earlier) level was very puzzling. It 
was a well-made, highly burnished bowl of thin hard 
pottery, seven inches in diameter. Its shape was similar 
to Middle Bronze Age bowls (1800-1500 B. C); yet it 
was only 16 inches below the surface and in a stratum 
dated by other evidence a thousand years or so later. 
When the eminent French archaeologist from Jerusalem, 
Pere de Vaux, visited Dothan a few days later, he rec- 
ognized it as an Assyrian type of bowl which he had 
found in excavating Tell Far'ah, a site about 15 miles 
southeast of Dothan. This same type was also found at 
Samaria, the capital city of the Northern Kingdom, 10 
miles south of Dothan. At Samaria the bowls dated to 
the era of its capture by the Assyrians in 722 B. C. Bowls 
called "palace-ware" recently discovered at Calah (Gen. 
10:12) near Nineveh from the time of Sargon II (722-705 
B. C.) are exact parallels to the Dothan Assyrian bowl. 
(To Be Continued) 



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"BODILY EXERCISE 

IS 

PROFITABLE" 

By Paul R. Bauman, Vice President 

The Apostle Paul was evidently a lover of sports. 
Often in his different epistles he refers to athletic events 
of one kind or another. Writing to young Timothy in a 
more general way, he once said: "Bodily exercise is 
profitable for a little; but godliness is profitable for all 
things" (I Tim. 4:8 ASV). At first glance one might take 
it that the Bible is here belittling the necessity for phys- 
ical exercise, and on this basis someone suggests that 
an athletic program should have no place in a Christian 
college. However, a careful study of the passage reveals 
quite the opposite. The text upholds the necessity for 
physical exercise, and it also sets such in proper contrast 
to the more important spiritual exercise necessary for 
the more vital part of our nature and life as Christians. 

Weymouth has well brought out the rich meaning of 
this passage in his "New Testament in Modern Speech" 
as follows: "Train yourself in godliness. Exercise for the 
body is not useless, but godliness is useful in every re- 
spect, possessing, as it does, the promise of life now and 
of the life which is soon coming." The contrast lies not 
in the uselessness of physical exercise as opposed to 
the great value of spiritual discipline. It lies rather in 
the proper emphasis which should be placed upon each. 
Both, says the apostle, are necessary in this life, but god- 
liness has a double value in that it offers "promise of 
the life that now is, and of that which is to come" (vs. 8 
ASV). 

Just one year ago at Grace we were given a painful 
reminder of the necessity for a larger physical education 
program in the school's life. One of our finest students 
in the college division was looking forward in a few 
months to graduation and entrance into the seminary. 
But, shortly after the beginning of the second semester, 
he was obliged to drop out of school for the remainder 





The Grace team in action. 



Grace's cheer leaders are (I. to r.): Russell Yoder, 
Meyersdale, Pa.; Vivian Stewart, Dayton, Ohio; Ruth 
Moine, Sterling, Ohio; Mary Bauman, Winona Lake, 
Ind.; Theodore Franchino (head cheer leader), Glendale 
Calif. 



of the year because of a nervous condition. After a care- 
ful medical checkup the doctors reported that his diffi- 
culty was due largely to the fact that he was getting too 
little physical exercise. I am glad to report that this 
young man is back in school again this year and that as 
a result of his experience, not only his own church, but 
the laymen of one entire district have launched a move 
to provide Grace Seminary and College with some of the 
athletic equipment the school needs. What they have 
done will be discussed in another article next month. 

The Alumni Association of the school has also realized 
the urgency of this need, for at a recent meeting during 
the alumni conference at Winona Lake, they unani- 
mously passed a motion setting the goals for their 1955 
project fund. According to their minutes, $750 is to be 
used for physical education equipment." Their desires in 
this regard were even more far-reaching, for the min- 
utes continue to say: "That the Alumni Association rec- 
ommend to the Executive Committee of the Seminary 
Board of Trustees that they consider enlarging the phys- 
ical facilities of the school to include an all-purpose 
building with a gymnasium." 

In view of the aforementioned need for an expanded 
physical education program, Grace has undertaken this 
year its first serious athletic competition with outside 
institutions. The whole undertaking has proved for sev- 
eral reasons to be a real blessing to the entire school. In 
the first place, the athletic program has provided some 
with a greater opportunity for needed physical exercise. 
It has also provided additional opportunities for whole- 
some recreation and normal social life which all young 
men and women need. The games are always well- 
attended by both students and faculty. 

Yes; Grace Seminary and College is pledged to main- 
tain the correct balance of emphasis as outlined in the 
passage. Let me quote it this time as it has been ren- 
dered by Williams in his "Translation in the Language 
of the People": "Physical training, indeed, is of some 
service, but godliness is of service for everything, for it 
contains a promise for the present life as well as the 
future." Students at Grace will always be told that 
"exercise unto godliness" is absolutely first and of prime 
importance. Exercise for the body will be stressed inso- 
far as it is necessary to keep men and women fit for the 
real task that lies before them. 



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NEWS FLASHES 



OF STUDENT ACTIVITY 



By NORMAN ROHRER 



FROM TEXAS, GOOD STEERING 

While studying at Dallas Theological Seminary last 
year, Ray Gingrich (Wheaton College '52) decided that 
his training should include a ministry to the body as well 
as to the soul and altered his life's 
plan. He will enter medical school 
after seminary for five years of 
concentrated study. This semester 
he has entered Grace (1) because 
he is of the Brethren denomina- 
tion, and (2) because he plans to 
use his talents in medical mission; 
of the Brethren Church. 

"I'm almost half through," says 
genial Ray, "but I'm only 23 years 
old, so I've got plenty of time. 
Anyhow, who wants you cutting 
on them until you're 30?" 

Gingrich brings not only his enviable academic record, 
but also his outstanding wrestling know-how to the 
mats of the musclemen. 



tical Work Department testified of their shocked delight 
at receiving a $20 bill Christmas gift from appreciative 
hearers at the Alfran Nursing Home. 




Raymond Gingrich. Jr. 



STREAMLINED REGISTRATION 

Sunset of January 17 saw most students signed on the 
dotted line for the spring semester, thanks to a one-day 
registration push by the faculty. Everyone took part in 
assigned offices, and students obediently filled in their 
cards. 

One bottleneck, however, was the bursar's line, which 
trailed out into the hall. Fists full of money waited pa- 
tiently to pay. Some were empty fists, however, and 
negotiated for deferred payment. Others were filled at 
the last moment. 

Late in the day Eva Godfrey strode up to Dr. Boyer's 
desk and plunked down a check. She would have come 
earlier, but you know how the providential mail tests 
one's faith sometimes. That's like Eva, a regular George 
Mueller at every turn with a wholesome livelihood to 
reward her patience and faith. 



SNOWBALL SICKNESS 

Collegiate Sophomore Russ Yoder yelled that he 
would have nothing to do with the year's first snowball 
battle, and started running along the dorm doors at 
McKee Courts to his room. 

Suddenly one of them opened, and Russ crashed into 
it, fell to his knees, jumped up, fainted, and fell back- 
ward and cracked his headbone. 

"I had a wonderful time in the hospital," says the lad 
from Meyersdale. "Four days of eating and sleeping, and 
not much pain. Besides, insurance covered everything!" 



LEFTOVERS 

Eager testimonies in a leftover chapel service after 
final exams told of some real victories among the stu- 
dent body. Bill Male reported a fruitful revival in his 
church which resulted in warm hearts and a converted 
middle-aged family. Chuck Noffsinger confided that he 
had "found" John 15:11 while studying for an exam in 
that Gospel, and applied it with great success. The Prac- 



GO EAST, YOUNG MEN 

"This intramural basketball's okay," the Grace drib- 
blers told themselves last spring, but the best ones 
weren't satisfied, and began to pray and plan for some- 
thing bigger. 

In the fall they chose versatile Dick Messner as coach, 
were labeled the "Ambassadors" by the student body, 
elected some cheerleaders, and began winning outside 
games against other Indiana and Ohio schools and inde- 
pendent teams. 

The season's climax came on February 7 when Coach 
Messner, George Triandiflou, Ken Kreidler, Bill Snell, 
Bert Darr, Don Hocking, John Rathbun, Carlton Fuller, 
and Scorekeeper John Watts suitcased their reds and 
whites (with Greek books), climbed into three cars, and 
headed East for games against Christian schools. Fac- 
ulty Representative Dr. James L. Boyer, with his wife, 
led the way. After refreshing board at Messner's Ash- 
land, Ohio, home and a hotel snooze, the team sped to 
the Philadelphia Bible Institute and beat the Keystoners, 
86-83. 

After the privilege of testimonies and Christian greet- 
ings in chapel, they drove north to Shelton College, N. 
Y., and pocketed another victory, 77-46, with more 
meetings in the school, and a service of song, testimony, 
and message in the Hawthorne, N. J., Gospel Church. 

On to Providence, R. I., for a game, they beat Barring- 
ton Bible College, 76-57, and finished the busy week 
with a 59-45 loss to Nyack Bible Institute. Not a bad 
record ! 

Good weather and good will met the team at every 
stop. In Johnstown, Pa., they finished their trip with a 
service in the First Brethren Church. 




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Grace Seminary and College Basketball Team 

Front row, left to right — George Triandiflou, Kenneth 
Kreidier, Richard Messner (coach and captain), William 
Snell, Donald Hocking. Second row — Richard Harris 
(student manager), Walter Claeys, Norbert Darr, For- 
rest Jackson, John Rathbun, Carlton Fuller, John Watts 
(timekeeper). 



February 26, 7955 



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THE FIRST 



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By John C. Whitcomb, Jr. 
Associate Professor in Old Testament 



One of the sure marks of the God-breathed nature of 
Scripture is the way in which prophetic seed-thoughts 
are planted in its most ancient books, rnd are progres- 
sively unfolded in the centuries and millenniums that 
follow. The original prophecy may seem brief and even 
mysterious, but its final fulfillment, in all of its manifold 
aspects and ramifications, reflects back upon that orig- 
inal prophecy, and reveals those aspects which may 
never have been understood until they were fulfilled. 
Even as an acorn may seem utterly simple and insig- 
nificant to the casual observer, but every distinctive 
aspect of the great oak lies hidden within it, inviting 
the careful study of those who are thrilled at its final 
outcome. 

The Pattern of All Prophecy 

The very first prophecy of the Bible concerning the 
coming Redeemer of the world is no exception to this 
rule. In fact, it sets the pattern for all Bible prophecies. 
As we study Genesis 3:15. then, we learn not only that 
God knows all about the future, and that He planned 
from the beginning to send our Saviour into the world 
to defeat our archenemy Satan, but we also learn some- 
thing of God's marvelous method of revealing such 
truths to ancient men for their hope end encourage- 
ment without at the same time confusing them with 
details they could never have understood. 

The Prophecy Itself 

For the sake of clarity, let us set forth a literal trans- 
lation of the prophecy from the original Hebrew text, 
and arrange it in its three main parts: (1) "And enmity 
will I place between thee and the woman: (2) and be- 
tween thy seed and her seed; (3) he shall bruise thy 
head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." Who are the per- 
sons involved in this prophecy? A glance at the pre- 
ceding verses of the chapter reveals that the speaker is 
none other than the Lord God; the one spoken to is the 
serpent, or rather, Satan behind the serpent, and the 
woman is Eve, "the mother of all living." One other per- 
son appears in the prophecy, of whom we shall speak 
shortly. 

Satan and Eve 

We must immediately dismiss as absurd the interpre- 
tation that this verse is just a continuation of the pre- 
ceding verse and is therefore nothing more than a 
pronouncement of hatred and fear between human 
beings and serpents! How would this fit in with the tre- 
mendous solemnity of the occasion? How would the 
outcome hold forth any hope to this guilty pair? No; the 



MESSIANIC PROPHECY 



serpent as such is no longer in view in this verse, but 
rather "that old serpent" behind the animal, "called 
the devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world" 
(Rev. 12:9). The main point of part 1 in the prophecy 
is this: God must put enmity between Satan and Eve, 
because her natural inclination as a sinner is to love sin 
and darkness. So God must teach her to hate the true 
enemy of her soul — not snakes, but Satan, the first mur- 
derer and the father of lies, as Christ described him 
(John 8:44). Thus, God breaks the false friendship be- 
tween Satan and Eve and turns it into an enmity. This 
is the first token of God's grace to Eve. 



Seed of Eve — Seed of Satan 

Turning now to the second idea of the prophecy, we 
discover a new realm of thought. It is no longer Eve, 
but "her seed" which is seen to carry on the conflict, 
and the enemy is not only Satan now, but particularly 
Satan's "seed." What can these two seeds refer to? Franz 
Delitzsch gives us the answer: "The seed of the woman 
cannot be the entire human race, for Satan is a foe who 
can only be met with spiritual weapons, and none can 
defeat him apart from the possession of spiritual weap- 
ons. So the idea of 'the seed' is modified by the nature of 
the foe." The seed of the woman, then, must be the 
chosen race of true believers, culminating in Christ who 
is the head of that race. And the seed of Satan must 
therefore be unbelievers. Speaking to unbelievers of 
His day, our Lord said, "Ye are of your father the devil" 
(John 8:44; compare Matt. 23:33 and I John 3:8). When 
Cain slew Abel, he showed thereby that he "was of that 
wicked one" (I John 3:12), and was thus the first seed of 
Satan. When Eve gave birth to another son, she "called 
his name Seth: For God. said she, hath appointed me 
another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew" (Gen. 
4:25). So Abel was the first seed of the woman, and Seth 
the second. 

Christ and Satan 

The third part of the prophecy is the climax. Notice 
carefully that the seed of the woman suddenly narrows 
down from a chosen line, from a race of true believers 
to a single Person! "He shall bruise thy head." This is 
startling, and wonderfully significant! Looking back 
from the vantage point of fulfilled prophecy, we see 
clearly that this representative of the chosen race (Gal. 
3:16), who delivered the deathblow to Satan's head, is 
none other than our Lord Jesus Christ, who died on the 
cross "that through death he might destroy him that had 
the power of death, that is, the devil" (Heb. 2:14). But 
in crushing the head of "that old serpent" at the cross, 
our Lord suffered the bruising of His own heel — the 
awful agony of bodily suffering that accompanied the 
crucifixion. This was Satan's supreme blow at God's 
Son — but it was not enough: Christ arose triumphant 

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ITEMS OF INTEREST 



FACULTY ON WHEELS 




On January 9 one load of Grace Seminary staff mem- 
bers went to western Pennsylvania and another to cen- 
tral Pennsylvania. Pictured in front of the church and 
parsonage at Kittanning, Pa., are (left to right): Dr. 
Paul Bauman and Professors Whitcomb, Boyer, Kent, 
Sr.; Kent, Jr.; and Humberd. 

When our missionaries return from the foreign fields 
they follow the Biblical precedent of going to the 
churches that they might "declare all things that God 
has done with them," and they "cause great joy unto all 
the brethren" (see Acts 14:27; 15:3-4). Such has been 
the experience of 12 members of the Grace Seminary 
and College faculty during the months of December and 
January, the time set apart for the school's annual ap- 
peal to the churches. During this brief period it was 
possible for this group to visit all but five of the Breth- 
ren churches from the State of Iowa eastward. They 
ranged all the way from Dallas Center, Iowa, in the 
West, to Philadelphia, Pa., and Washington, D. C, in the 
East, and Roanoke, Va., in the South. 

Every visit was made on a Sunday, and as many as 25 
churches were visited in a week. The trips for the most 
part were made in two faculty cars in order to keep 
expenses at a minimum The men usually returned home 
exhausted from the ordeal of a long trip, but blessed by 
the experience of ministering to many. Judging frcm the 
enthusiastic testimonies of both pastors and faculty, the 
visits brought a threefold profit. The churches were 
blessed by the ministry and a more personal acquaint- 
ance with the school. Some were visited for the first time 
by a representative from Grace. The member, of the 
faculty profited by receiving a wider acquaintance with 
the church which they represent in their teaching min- 
istry. The school will undoubtedly profit by increased 
offerings which always result from a closer personal tie 
with the church. The men at Grace desire a greater min- 
istry among our churches and are anxious to help at 
such times as their duties at the school will permit. 



"I am happy to say that thus far the idea of placing 
the monthly seminary envelopes in the regular envelope 
packet is really paying off here. Our monthly offerings 
have more than doubled. We are praying that it will 
continue." 



LETTER FROM AFRICA 

Miss Mary Cripe, who visited the campus several 
months ago during her furlough, writes: 

"I am thankful for the many blessings which I re- 
ceived while home on furlough. It was a real blessing to 
see how the student body has grown. I'm sure that the 
Lord will bless each of you who minister to these young 
people that they may be well prepared for the work to 
which the Lord will call them. 

"I am enclosing a small contribution and wish it could 
be more. It will help in a small way to care for some 
of the things that are needed. 

"I am now stationed at Bible Institute and will be 
teaching the women here next year. I will have two 
hours with them and two hours twice a week with them 
in hygiene." 



CEDARVILLE TEAM AT GRACE 

Recently the Grace Seminary and College basketball 
squad met and defeated a strong team from Cedarville 
College, a new Baptist school located at Cedarville (near 
Dayton), Ohio. One of the Grace alumni, John Stoll, is 
registrar at this new school. The team uses a bus which 
was purchased for the school at a bargain price by a 
man interested in the school's ministry. The bus is used 
not only to transport men to games, but gospel teams 
and other student groups to various churches in which 
they appear. 

After the game, the two teams returned to the Grace 
campus for a period of refreshments and fellowship. At 
the chapel service on the following morning the Cedar- 
ville team presented a program of music and testimony. 



A PASTOR WRITES 

Rev. Russell Weber sends us this interesting news 
from the church at Hagerstown, Md.: 




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Both Darwin (left) and Emlyn (right) Jones are jun- 
iors in the seminary. They are roommates, and both are 
from Johnstown, Pa. But — they are brothers only in the 
Lord. 



I Have Been 
Greatly Blessed 

By Darwin Jones 

Having spent four years in a non-Christian school, the 
University of Pittsburgh, I found Grace Theological 
Seminary to be a breath of heaven here on earth. When 
an individual makes a sudden change he will experience 
a radically different sense of emotion. That is exactly the 
description of leaving the outside world and entering a 
school which is devoted to training men and women for 
Christian service. One cannot miss the true testimony 
found on the lips of the majority of students here at 
Grace. Sitting under the teaching of Bible scholars and 
men of God such as Drs. Alva McClain, Herman Hoyt, 
and others, the student can sense the presence of the 
Spirit of God in each class. Chapel services are an oasis 
in a busy day. Every activity is surrounded with an at- 
titude of prayer and devotion centered in Him. 

I have known the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal 
Saviour since I was nine years old. Every day He grows 
still sweeter than He was the day before. Having been 
raised in a Christian home by godly grandparents and a 
saintly mother, I never fully appreciated the heart- 
rending fact that men and women, steeped in sin. are 
passing into hell every time the second-hand circles the 
watch. The chief purpose of Grace Seminary and the 
aim of my life is to know Christ and make Him known 
as the only Saviour and Lord of life. 

I praise the Lord for Grace Seminary and for leading 
me to it. Philippians 1:6 tells us: "Being confident of this 
very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in 
you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." I be- 
lieve that the work which Christ has called me to do can 
best be prepared for at Grace Theological Seminary. 
After three months of concentrated study, pleasant 
work, and wholesome relaxation, I have been greatly 
blessed by the spiritual atmosphere and the confidence 



The Turning Point in 
My Life 



By Emlyn H. Jones 

It was a beautiful October evening back in 1949 when 
I walked into the First Brethren Church of Johnstown, 
Pa. I was perplexed and very unhappy because of a 
great catastrophe that had happened to me a few days 
before this particular Sunday. 

Rev. Archie A. Lynn was preaching that night. He 
was the former pastor of this church and I had spent 
several years of my youth under his ministry. As he 
was earnestly proclaiming the unsearchable riches of 
Christ, I could feel the Holy Spirit tugging at my heart. 
Before I knew it, he was giving an invitation for those 
in the congregation to accept Christ as their own per- 
sonal Saviour. I was determined, as I stood there, not to 
go forward. I dug my fingernails into the pew in front of 
me and hung tenaciously onto it. All of a sudden my 
fatner, who was standing next to me, patted me on my 
shoulder and said, "Let's go!" That was all I needed. We 
both stepped out into the middle aisle and walked to 
the front, where Brother Lynn was anxiously waiting. 

I shall never forget that evening. It was the turning 
point of my life. Oh, what a joy I have experienced! The 
precious blood of Jesus Christ cleansed me from my 
sins, and God justified me in His sight. 

That night I received the most definite call to the 
Christian ministry I have ever had. Strange as it may 
seem, I felt God's call in my early teens, even though I 
was living in dreadful sin and serving Satan every day. 
I didn't particularly want to be a minister, so I fought 
the call every time it came. But, praise God, one night 
He overcame me with His matchless love, and all fight- 
ing ceased. Christ came into my heart in a most won- 
derful and precious way. 

Now I am attending Grace Theological Seminary. This 
is the third school I have attended since high school, and 
I feel it is the best one. One can feel the presence of the 
Holy Spirit as he approaches the school. The professors 
are the most godly men I have ever encountered in a 
classroom, each one dedicated to the task before him. 
All the students are wonderful Christians, dedicated to 
God's will for their lives. 

Grace Theological Seminary has found a permanent 
place in my heart. I have been here only since Septem- 
ber, and already I love it dearly. I cherish each moment 
I spend here, either in prayer, or study, or group dis- 
cussions. My spiritual life has been greatly enriched and 
I have been growing in the grace and the knowledge of 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

I earnestly request your prayers, your support, and 
your giving in behalf of this wonderful institution which 
is dedicated to the sole purpose of training young men 
and women for the Lord's service. 



that God's will is being realized in my life. Truly I can 
say: "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded 
that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto 
him against that day" (II Tim. 1:12). 



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Second Semester Opens at Grace 

By Dr. Homer A. Kent, Registrar 

Registration day at Grace Seminary and College was 
January 17, at which time most of the students regis- 
tered for the spring semester. Total registrations for 
both seminary and college amounted to 246. The total 
for the comparable semester a year ago was 212, thus it 
is evident that the school is continuing its growth from 
year to year. The recent registration is slightly below 
that of the first semester, which was 251. However, such 
a decrease is normal for the middle of the year. 

The latest registration shows 137 students in the sem- 
inary and 109 in the college. There are 9 new students in 
the seminary and S in the college. Of the total 17 new 
students, 5 came from Pennsylvania, 5 from Indiana, 3 
from Michigan, and 2 each from Ohio and California. 
Among all of the students in the school there are 18 
denominational groups represented, with the Brethren 
showing a substantial lead over all the others. In the 
student body there are 194 men and 52 women, all but 
11 of the women being enrolled in the college. 

The new semester has started off auspiciously under 
the peculiar blessing of the Day of Prayer, which was 
held the Friday before the convening of the first classes 
on Monday, January 24. The Day of Prayer resulted in 
much heartsearching and in high resolves for spiritual 
attainment during the semester. The fragrance of that 
occasion still lingers. Then on Tuesday, the 25th, the 
convocation message was brought by Rev. Kenneth B. 
Ashman, pastor of the First Brethren Church of Woo- 
ster, Ohio. The message was a benediction. 



REPORT OF GIFTS TO GRACE SEMINARY 



Akron. Ohio 

Aleppo. Pa 

Alexandria. Va 

Allentown. Pa 

Altoona. Pa. (1) 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) . 
Ankenytown. Ohio . . . 

Ashland, Ohio 

Beaver, City, Nebr. . . . 

Bellflower. Calif 

Camden, Ohio 

Canton, Ohio 

Cedar Rapids. Iowa . . 

Clay City, Ind 

Clayton, Ohio 

Cleveland, Ohio 

Conemaugh. Pa 

Covington. Ohio 

Dallas Center, Iowa . . 
Dayton, O. (Bethany i 

Dayton. O. (1) 

Dayton. Ohio (N. Riv.i 

Elkhart, Ind 

Elyria. Ohio 

Everett. Pa 

Glendale. Calif 

Goshen. Ind 

Grafton. W. Va 

Grandview. Wash 

Harrah. Wash 

Harrisburg, Pa 

Homerville. Ohio 

Huntington, Ind 

Johnstown. Pa. (1) ... 
Kittanning, Pa. (1) ... 

La Verne. Calif 

Leamersville, Pa 

Limestone. Tenn 

Listie, Pa 

Long Beach, Calif. (1) 
Long Beach, Calif. 

( Stearns 

Los Angeles. Calif. (1) 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

(Community) 

Mansfield. O. (Grace) 



JANUARY 1955 

$121.37 Mansfield. O. (2 Grace) $1,00 

1.00 Martinsburg, Pa 83.00 

50.18 Meyersdale. Pa 83.00 

4.00 Modesto. Calif. (La 

25.00 Loma) 72.00 

3.00 Munday's Corner. Pa. 

5.00 (Pike) 10.00 

105.90 New Troy, Mich 58.00 

24.00 Norwalk. Calif 72.80 

54.00 Osceola, Ind 102.00 

8.00 Paramount. Calif 7.00 

133.59 Peru. Ind 25 00 

65.00 Philadelphia, Pa. (1) .. 10.00 

16.00 Portland. Oreg 9.01 

150.50 Rittman, Ohio 2.00 

41.00 Roanoke. Va. (Ghent) . 168.00 

38.00 San Diego, Calif 22.00 

39.34 Sidney. Ind 8.00 

37.00 Singer Hill, Pa 3.25 

54.75 South Bend. Ind 40.00 

210.50 Spokane. Wash 1.00 

580.50 Sterling, Ohio 87.73 

2.00 Summit Mills. Pa 12.00 

38.70 Sunnyside. Wash 32.57 

10.00 Taos. N. Mex. (Canon) 10.00 

305.00 Washington, D. C 15.00 

1.00 Waterloo, Iowa 512.50 

14.07 Waynesboro, Pa 82.00 

2.00 Whittier. Calif. (1) ... 155.00 

10.00 Winchester. Va 57.00 

17.50 Winona Lake. Ind 5.00 

15.00 Wooster, Ohio 55.00 

10.00 Yellow Creek, Pa 30.00 

254.50 Isolated Brethren 144.00 

21.50!Non-Brethren 499.00 

1.00! 

45.65! Total General Fund . 5.802.85 

2.00 

182.25 Designated Gifts — 

529.20 Dayton. Ohio (N. Riv.l 5.00 

Johnstown, Pa. (1) ... 7.30 

23.00'Temple City. Calif. ... 33.00 

33.00! Non-Brethren 760.00 



42.00' Total designated funds 805.30 
2.00 




Pictured here are 11 of the 17 new students to enter 
Grace Seminary and College at the beginning of the 
second semester. Front row — Grace Thompson, Modesto, 
Calif.; Shirley Meyers, Meyersdale, Pa.; Marcelene Nel- 
son, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Dr. Grace Moyer, Cresson, Pa. 
Second row — Oren Taylor, Sidney, Ind.; Harry Daven- 
port, Turtle Creek, Pa.; Ray Maurer, Altoona, Pa.; 
Wayne Colwell, Plymouth, Ind. Third row — Raymond 
Gingrich, Jr., Akron, Ohio; Vondell Bowen, Three Riv- 
ers, Mich.; Charles Winters, Beaumont, Calif. 

THE FIRST MESSIANIC PROPHECY 

(Continued From Page 134) 

from the grave! But Satan? "He shall bruise thy head." 
That was fatal. The cross injured Christ, but it destroyed 
Satan forever! He is a doomed creature (Rev. 20:2, 10). 

The Effect of the Prophecy 

Yes; the clear light of fulfillment wonderfully illu- 
mines that ancient prophecy for any who will ponder it 
today with the eye of faith. But what did it mean to 
Adam and Eve? Whatever else it meant to them, it 
meant at least this: (1) Instead of dying, the woman 
would live to have seed; (2) A warfare would begin 
between the false allies and Satan would be defeated by 
it; (3) Whereas it was through the woman that Satan 
enticed the human race into sin, so it would be through 
the woman that Satan would be destroyed. Perhaps the 
prophecy meant much more than this to them, but we 
do know that they believed God's prophecy, and acted 
upon it in faith. Thus it was that Adam immediately 
"called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother 
of all living," and in response to this act of faith, "did 
the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them" 
(Gen. 3:21). The first prophecy was clear enough for 
Adam and Eve to believe and act upon. In effect, they 
trusted the coming Redeemer, and the clothing of ani- 
mal skins signified the covering of their sins and the 
imputed righteousness of Christ. 

The first Bible prophecy is thus a pattern for all that 
follow. It is simple in its form, and yet contains all the 
possibilities of its wonderful fulfillment. It is sufficient 
in its content to catch the imagination and kindle the 
faith of its first hearers, thus fulfilling an immediate, as 
well as an ultimate, purpose. And finally, it is directed 
toward a Person — the only Person toward whom all 
Bible prophecy moves as a mighty river. For, after all, 
it was as true in the Garden of Eden as it is today that 
faith in Christ as the Deliverer is God's only plan for the 
salvation of sinners. 



February 26, 7955 



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MISSIONARY 



HERALD 



_The BRETHREN 

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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



SEATTLE, WASH. Through the 
courtesy of Orville Helgeson, man- 
ager of radio station KGDN, addi- 
tional broadcast time was granted 
the View Ridge Brethren Church 
the first week of February. There 
were four 15-minute programs in 
addition to the regular broadcast. 
Thomas Hammers is pastor. 

MARTINSBURG. W. VA. The At- 
lantic District Conference will con- 
vene at the Rosemont Brethren 
Church May 10-14. Earle Peer will 
be host pastor. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Prof. J. Lloyd 
Jones, choir director at the First 
Brethren Church for 32 years, cele- 
brated his 78th birthday on Feb. 14 
Dr. W. A. Ogden is pastor. Jack 
Churchill will deliver the message 
at the sunrise service on Apr. 10. 

SPECIAL. Missionary conferences 
have been held in many churches on 
the Pacific coast with J. P. Kliever, 
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Sheldon, Mr. and 
Mrs. Jack Churchill, Mrs. Loree 
Sickel, Miss Johanna Nielsen, Miss 
Dorothy Robinson, and Keith Altig 
as missionary speakers. 

SAN DIEGO. CALIF. On Feb. 13 
Archer Baum, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, and Grant Mc- 
Donald, ordained Brethren minister 
and pastor of the Ramona Commu- 
nity Church, exchanged pulpits. 

SPECIAL. May 1-8 is National 
Family Week and Sept. 25-Oct. 2 is 
National Sunday School Week. Plan 
now for these special dates spon- 
sored by the National Sunday School 
Association. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. Family 
week will be observed May 1-8 at 
the First Brethren Church. Spon- 
sored by the Junior WMC, the pro- 
gram includes a father-son banquet, 
a mother-daughter banquet, family 
altar program, family worship night, 
and hospitality night. James Dixon 
is pastor. 

FREMONT, OHIO. The Grace 
Brethren Church was dedicated on 



May 15, 1949, with an indebtedness 
of $60,000. This has been reduced to 
$32,000, and the church expects to 
have this paid in five years. Gordon 
Bracker is pastor. 

CHICAGO, ILL. National Sunday 
School Day will be observed April 
19 at the Sherman Hotel, sponsored 
by the National Sunday School As- 
sociation. 

FINDLAY, OHIO. The Findlay 
Brethren Church is averaging a 50- 
percent increase in Sunday-school 
attendance over that of a year ago. 
Forest Lance is pastor. 

ELYRIA, OHIO. Lots have been 
purchased by the Grace Brethren for 
their new building program which 
they purpose to start soon. Galen 
Lingenfelter is pastor. 

COLUMBUS, OHIO. If you have 
any relatives or friends living in or 
near Columbus, their names should 
be forwarded to Dr. Bernard Schnei- 
der. 534 Forest Ave., Mansfield. Ohio. 




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LAKE ODESSA. MICH. Mrs. Jake 
Kliever, missionary on furlough, was 
guest speaker at the WMC fellow- 
ship conducted at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church Feb. 15. Robert Griffith 
is pastor. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. A reception 
was held in honor of Pastor and Mrs. 
Mark Malles at the First Brethren 
Church on Feb. 18. 

DENVER, COLO. The congrega- 
tion of the Grace Brethren Church 
"jumped the gun" and a "sneak pre- 
view" was experienced when on 
Feb. 6 the morning service was con- 
ducted in the unfinished sanctuary. 
The first baptismal service was con- 
ducted. A new attendance record 
was established with 117 in Sunday 



This issue of the Missionary Her- 
ald has gone in 8,264 homes around 
the world. 



school and 101 in the morning wor- 
ship. Thomas Inman is pastor. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA. There were 
130 dinners served on Feb. 4 at the 
Atlantic District youth rally held at 
the Commonwealth Avenue Breth- 
ren Church. Dean Walter, pastor of 
the Vicksburg Brethren Church, was 
the guest speaker. Robert Cover, 
ordained Brethren minister and a 
member of the Alexandria church, 
preached at the morning service on 
Jan. 30. He is enlisted in the United 
States Army. 

LEAMERSVILLE, PA. The Lea- 
mersville Brethren Church has voted 
to give monthly financial support to 
Foster Tresise and family, self-sup- 
porting missionaries at Honolulu, 
Hawaii. Robert Crees is pastor. 

ELKHART, IND. Galen Brent ar- 
rived in the home of Pastor and Mrs. 
Lowell Hoyt on Jan. 23. weighing 8 
lbs., 3 oz. Lowell Hoyt is pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church. 

SEATTLE, WASH. The new zone 
number of Thomas Hammers, pastor 
of the View Ridge Brethren Church, 
is Seattle 15, Wash. Please change 
Annual. Plans for the new church 
building are awaiting final approval. 

GLENDALE, CALIF. The new 
address of the clerk of the First 
Brethren Church is Charles Londa- 
gin, 10812 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley, 
Calif. Please change Annual. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. Mark E. 
Malles, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, was guest speaker at the 
Christian Business Men's Commit- 
tee on Feb. 9. 

HARRISBURG, PA. Galen Ling- 
enfelter, pastor of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Elyria, Ohio, was the 
guest speaker at the third annual 
youth conference at Melrose Gar- 
dens Brethren Church Feb. 9-13. 
Conard Sandy is pastor. 



EXPANDED MINISTRY 

THE MISSIONARY HERALD BOARD OF TRUSTEES IS HAPPY 
TO ANNOUNCE TO THE BROTHERHOOD THE PURCHASE OF 
COMPLETE OFFSET PRESS EQUIPMENT VALUED AT ABOUT 
$5,000. THIS EQUIPMENT WILL PROVE BENEFICIAL TO ALL OUR 
BOARDS AND TO THE WORK OF THE CHURCH IN GENERAL. IT 
WILL BE TWO TO THREE MONTHS BEFORE ACTUAL OPERATION 
IS STARTED. THE EQUIPMENT ARRIVED AT WINONA LAKE ON 
FEBRUARY 15. 



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[ANY of God's choice servants 
go through days of great sorrow, 
trouble, and testing; yet God gives 
His children a song. Such was the 
experience of David, the one whom 
the Lord said was "a man after mine 
own heart." There was a time when 
King Saul sought to take the life of 
David. We read this in I Samuel 
19:10: "Saul sought to smite David 
even to the wall with the javelin; 
but he slipped away out of Saul's 
presence, and he smote the javelin 
into the wall: and David fled, and 
escaped that night. Saul also sent 
messengers unto David's house, to 
watch him, and to slay him in the 
morning." At the beginning of Psalm 
59 we find these words: "Michtam [a 
prayer] of David: when Saul sent, 
and they watched the house to kill 
him." This psalm of comfort was 
written in a day of trouble by the 
"sweet psalmist of Israel" under the 
inspiration of the Holy Spirit (cf. II 
Sam. 23:1-2). 

PRAYER OF DELIVERANCE 
(Verses 1-5) 

To whom did David pray? "O my 
God," "O Lord," "O Lord God of 
hosts, the God of Israel." In verse 3 
we have the word "LORD" in all 
capital letters in the Authorized 
Version, which indicates that the 
original Hebrew word here is the 
name "Jehovah." Sometimes the 
name "Jehovah" in the Old Testa- 
ment is used to refer to Jesus Christ 
preincarnate. Isaiah 40:3 is a pro- 
phetic Scripture that speaks of the 



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first advent of Jesus Christ. "The 
voice of him that crieth in the wil- 
derness. Prepare ye the way of the 
LORD [Jehovah], make straight in 
the desert a highway for our God" 
(cf. Matt. 3:3). The word "Jehovah." 
translated "LORD" in the Isaiah 
passage, refers to Jesus Christ, and 
is the same word used in Psalm 59:3. 
So it appears David prayed to the 
preincarnate Christ. For what did he 
pray? Deliver, defend, save me from 
King Saul. Jesus said to His disci- 
ples: "Pray for them which despite- 
fully use you, and persecute you" 
(Matt. 5:44). This we should do* but 
the Christian also has the privilege 
of praying for deliverance from his 
enemies. 

David was persecuted by Saul 
even though he had done him no 
wrong. "Lo, they lie in wait for my 
soul . . . not for my transgression, 
nor for my sin, O Lord" (vs. 3). 
Note these words of David addressed 
to Saul: ". . . see that there is neither 
evil nor transgression in mine hand, 
and I have not sinned against thee; 
yet thou huntest my soul to take it" 
(I Sam. 24:11). Many Christians are 
hated today because of their good 
works. Their righteous conduct is a 
testimony to the sinner, and he is 
pricked to the heart. The result is, 
he will either persecute the Chris- 
tian or he will cry out, "What must I 
do to be saved?" Jesus said: "If ye 
were of the world, the world would 
love his own: but because ye are not 
of this world, but I have chosen you 
out of the world, therefore the world 
hateth you. ... If they have perse- 
cuted me, they will also persecute 
you" (John 15:19-20; cf. 16:33). 

CONFIDENT HOPE 
(Verses 6-10) 
Here we have David's description 



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For God Is 




Defense" 

PSALM 59 

By 
DENNIS I. HOLLIDAY 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 
Compton, Calif. 



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of Saul and his men. In character 
they were like a dog. They howl; 
they roam here and there as a stray 
dog looking for food. Torrents of 
false accusations poured from their 
mouths. They were intent upon 
murder. 

But there is a day coming when 
the Lord will demonstrate His power 
and authority. They will be pun- 
ished. Because of Saul's strength 
and authority. David's watchful ex- 
pectation is from the Lord. "God 
shall let me see my desires upon my 
enemies." 



PRAYER FOR GOD'S HONOR 
(Verses 11-13) 



His prayer was that their evil 
plans should be brought to naught. 
Their sin is that of pride in the heart 
and lying lips. David prayed not that 
the Lord would "slay them," but 
that he would "scatter them," "and 
let them know that God ruleth in 
Jacob unto the ends of the earth." 
David's prayer was to the end that 
God should have all the honor and 
glory in this deliverance. The Lord 
Jesus said: "Whatsoever ye shall ask 
in my name, that will I do, that the 
Father may be glorified in the Son." 
All of our praying ought to be to the 
end "that the Father may be glori- 
fied" in His answering our prayers. 



CONTENTMENT AND REJOICING 
(Verses 14-17) 

David's prayer is ended, but there 
is complete contentment about the 
whole matter. Saul and his men still 
seek his life, but David now lets the 
matter rest with God. He can say: 
"Let them go around about the city; 
let them wander up and down." 

Even in the day of trouble there is 
rejoicing and singing. He says: "I 
will sing of thy power; yea, I will 
sing aloud of thy mercy ... in the 
day of my trouble." Our Lord said: 
"When men shall revile you, and 
persecute you . . . for my sake . . . 
rejoice and be exceeding glad: for 
great is your reward in heaven" 
(Matt. 5:11-12). 

So let us not pray that there be no 
times of testing, but let us pray that 
He will make us victorious in every 
test. Let us not pray for no moun- 
tains to climb, but rather let us pray 
for sufficient strength to climb what- 
ever mountains there are to climb. 



February 26, 1955 



139 



THREE KINDS OF 
DEATH 




BY RAYMOND H. KETTELL 

PASTOR. FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH 

PORTIS, KANSAS 



In the Garden of Eden God com- 
manded: "Of every tree of the gar- 
den thou may est freely eat: but of 
the tree of the knowledge of good 
and evil, thou shall not eat of it: for 
in the day that thou eatest thereof 
thcu shalt surely di?" They ate the 
forbidden fruit and death came into 
the world. Death is the penalty of 
sin. There are three aspects of this 
death. 

I. Spiritual Death — Which Is Sep- 
aration From God. 

The Word of God is very clear 
that the whole world is guilty before 
God. "The scripture hath concluded 
all under sin" (Gal. 3:22); and that 
"all have sinned, and come short of 
the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). We 
are not only guilty because we were 
born in the likeness of Adam after 
he sinned, but we have practiced sin 
and by our deeds have come short of 
the standard set up by God. "We are 
all an unclean thing, and all our 
righteousnesses are as filthy rags" 
(Isa. 64:6). We are dead in tres- 
passes and sins (Eph. 2:1 and 5). It 
is true that God is love, but He is 
also just and righteous. The wages of 
sin is death (Rom. 6:23). Sin must be 
paid for. Spiritual death is ours un- 
less we take God's way of escape. To 
be without Christ as our personal 
Saviour means that we have no hope 
for our future. 

In I Peter 2:10 we read: "Which in 
time past were not a people, but are 
now the people of God: which had 
not obtained mercy, but now have 
obtained mercy." Regardless of how 
fine and intelligent folk may seem to 
be, unless they have been born 
again, they are separated from God. 
If they do not obey the Gospel of 



Christ, and reject the Son of God, 
they are by nature the children of 
wrath (Eph. 2:3). In Ephesians 2:12 
we find very plain words: "Ye were 
without Christ, being aliens from 
the commonwealth of Israel, and 
strangers from the covenants of 
promise, having no hope, and with- 
out God in this world." They are 
spiritually dead. They are separated 
from God. 

If we do not have Christ, we do 
not have God. "No man cometh unto 
the Father, but by me." What a ter- 
rible plight! Dead in trespasses and 
sins, having no hope, and without 
God. It is only in Christ that there 
is a way of escape. "If any man have 
not the spirit of Christ, he is none 
of his" (Rom. 8:9). 

II. Physical Death. 

When we speak of physical death, 
we are thinking of a condition of the 
separation between the body and 
the soul. James 2:26 says, "The body 
without the spirit is dead." This is 
only for a duration of time. 

In Genesis 35 we are told of the 
death of Rachel: "Her soul was in 
departing . . . and Jacob set a pillar 
upon her grave." Her body was 
buried and corruption took place. 
Just so has physical death come to 
all generations. It is inevitable to 
each of us unless as believers we are 
caught up at the rapture. 

The cause of physical death is sin. 
"The wages of sin is death." In Ro- 
mans 5:12 we read: "By one man sin 
entered into the world, and death by 
sin; so death passed upon all men, 
for that all have sinned." So God 
declared death for the sinner as the 
wages of sin. 

After a Bible-believing preacher 



becomes established in a community 
and is known as such, there are 
many people who come to funerals 
to find the answer to the question, 
"If a man die, will he live again?" 
They want to know what the truth is 
about death and what follows. What 
an opportunity to open the Word of 
God with a message of grace and 
show that death of the body is only 
for a while, and that there is victory 
over death through the Lord Jesus 
Christ. 

III. Eternal Death. 

This means that there is to be a 
great, unspeakable judgment to all 
those who know not Christ as their 
personal Lord and Saviour. It is the 
final and permanent state of death. 

Eternal death is not cessation of 
life or a state of unconsciousness. 
Much has been written and taught 
denying eternal punishment, declar- 
ing that God is love and therefore is 
too good and kind to punish anyone 
forever. Many articles have been 
written on man being restored as 
hellfires purify him and that a ref- 
ormation will take place under the 
forgiving eye of God. However, an- 
nihilation and a second chance after 
death will not stand up under the 
searchlight of the Word of God. 

The Lord Jesus Christ solemnly 
warned against being cast into hell 
[gehenna] "into the fire that never 
shall be quenched. . . . where their 
worm dieth not, and the fire is not 
quenched (Mark 9:43-47). This is 
eternal death. It is eternal in that 
it has no ending. It is forever and 
forever. 

There is a place to which the soul 
goes after it leaves the body which 
is spoken of as "sheol" in the He- 
brew and as "hades" in the Greek of 
the New Testament. This is not the 
experience of eternal death or the 
place "gehenna" of which Christ 
warned. 

Since the resurrection and ascen- 
sion of Christ, in this present church 
age, the soul of the believer does 
not go to hades, the place where the 
unsaved dead await the resurrec- 
tion, but the believer goes to be 
with Christ, "absent from the body, 
present with the Lord" (II Cor. 5:8). 
In Philippians 1:23 Paul speaks of 
"having a desire to depart and be 
with Christ which is far better." 

Gehenna was prepared for the 
Devil and his angels. One day they 
shall be sent to that awful place to- 
gether with all those whose names 
are not found in the book of life 
(Rev. 20:13-15). 



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GOD'S ANSWER TO SIN 



It is so easy for us to say one thing 
and to be understood as saying an- 
other when dealing with the subject 
of "After Death." So in the very be- 
ginning I want to define my terms. 
The translators of our Bible have 
greatly confused the issue by an in- 
consistent use of terms. 

The Old Testament word for the 
intermediate place of abode for the 
dead is "sheol" and the New Testa- 
ment word is "hades." The best way 
to show what these terms mean is to 
point out what they do not mean. 

Sheol-hades never means the 
grave, which is the place on earth 
where the body of the deceased is 
deposited. Though these terms are 
thus used by the translators, a study 
of the 32 such usages will quickly 
convince the student that the intent 
of the divine author was to desig- 
nate the place of the conscious abode 
of the departed. 

The first such usage in the King 
James Version will point out to us 
this fact. Jacob, upon learning from 
his sons that Joseph had supposedly 
been killed by wild beasts and con- 
sumed, said: "For I will go down 
into the grave [sheol] unto my son 
mourning." He could not have meant 
a place of burial, for his son Joseph 
was thought by him to have been 
eaten of wild beasts. 

Sheol-hades never means tartarus. 
This word is used but once in the 
Bible (II Pet. 2:4) and is translated 
"hell." Tartarus is the place where 
God has incarcerated "the angels 
when they sinned." 

Sheol-hades is never "the abyss" 
(abussos, Gr.). This word is trans- 
lated "the bottomless pit" and "the 
deep" and it refers to the place 
where the Devil and his demons will 



be kept during the millennial reign 
of Christ here on earth. 

These terms never mean "hell " 
Hell is "tophet" in the Hebrew and 
"gehenna" in the Greek. It means 
perpetual burning, and always is 
used to denote the final consequence 
of sin. After the final judgment of 
unbelievers at the great white throne 
all those in rebellion against God 
will be eternally banished to hell. 

Sheol-hades always speaks of the 
intermediate abode of men, which is 
the place occupied by the souls of 
men between the time of death and 
the deliverance to judgment in the 
case of unbelievers, and between 
death and the deliverance at the 
resurrection of Christ of the believ- 
er. Before Christ's death and His 
leading "captivity captive," sheol- 
hades was the abode of both the 
righteous and the wicked dead. 
They were separated evidently by a 
"great gulf fixed." Now the righteous 
dead are with the Lord. Uniting the 
teaching of Ephesians 4:7-10 with 
Matthew 27:50-53 it becomes evi- 
dent that the righteous were taken 
to be with the Lord at the time of 
the resurrection and are now with 
Him. In I Corinthians 5:3 Paul 
teaches that to be absent from the 
body is to be present with the Lord. 
It is New Testament fact that when 
a child of God dies, he is "loosed 
away upward" to be with Christ and 
to await that grand day of the rap- 
ture when he shall be clothed upon 
with his glorified body. 

Sheol-hades is not purgatory. The 
Roman view that the intermediate 
state is remedial is nowhere taught 
in Gcd's Holy Word. This is a good 
scheme to hold the masses in the 
bonds of fear and to fill the coffers 
of Rome, but when a man passes 
into the next life, his destiny is 
fixed. 

Sheol-hades is not a period of un- 
conscious "soul sleep." If the cultists 



could, they would force us to believe 
that there is no conscious existence 
between the time of death and res- 
urrection. The late Dr. Bullinger has 
gone one step further in trying to 
rationalize what death is. He taught 
that the soul was the result of the 
union of body and spirit, and when 
they were separated in death the 
soul ceased to exist. Full treatment 
of the above beliefs has been han- 
dled by competent Bible scholars. 

The unbelieving dead are now 
in sheol-hades in conscious ex- 
istence. 

In Luke 16 Jesus related to the 
Pharisees and His followers the story 
of a rich man and Lazarus, who died 
and entered into sheol-hades. The 
rich man, in the place of the unbe- 
liever, gives many evidences of be- 
ing fully conscious. 

There is vision or the ability to 
see (Luke 16:23), ". . . he lift up his 
eyes." There is communication (vs. 
24), ". . . he cried and said." There 
is feeling (vss. 24-25), "I am tor- 
mented . . . ." The unbelieving dead 
remember (vs. 25), "But Abraham 
said, Son remember . . . ." After the 
unbelieving die there seems to be a 
spiritual concern for others (vs. 26), 
". . . send him to my father's house." 
The unbelieving dead are able to 
reason (vs. 28), ". . . lest they come 
unto this place." 

The unbelieving dead are now 
in sheol-hades in controlled ex- 
istence. 

In the 26th verse of the 16th chap- 
ter of Luke, Abraham, speaking to 
the rich man, said: ". . . between us 
and you there is a great gulf fixed 
. . . neither can they pass to us, that 
would come from thence." In I Peter 
3:19 sheol-hades is spoken of by 
Peter as being a prison. The occult 

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ARE THE WICKED DEAD IN 



HELL? 







BY LEWIS C. HOHENSTEIN 

PASTOR, FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH 

WHITTIER, CALIF. 



February 26, 1955 



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Unlimited 



Most of us, in looking back over 
our Christian lives, realize that our 
greatest spiritual need is for more 
spiritual power. Christian people 
seem to be hungry for the kind of 
power that was so evident in days 
gone by. Indeed, some are wonder- 
ing if they are serving the same God 
that Torrey, Moody, and Spurgeon 
served. Therefore, the startling 
question of Isaiah 40:28 seems espe- 
cially appropriate to this spiritually 
starved age, for it launches a mar- 
velous four-point outline for spir- 
itual power. 

The first fact which Isaiah brings 
to our remembrance is that the God 
we serve is an inexhaustible supply 
of spiritual power. He fainteth not; 
neither is He weary. Consequently 
any power must ultimately come 
from Him. 

Our source of spiritual power is 
indeed the omnipotent Creator of 
Genesis 1. Certainly then no think- 
ing individual would deny the avail- 
ability of power for this present era. 

The only question that might arise 
would be the willingness of God to 
allow us to draw from His great re- 
source of power. This question is 
promptly answered by the promise, 
"He giveth power to the faint; and 
to them that have no might he in- 
creaseth strength" (Isa. 40:29). No- 
tice the promise is not to the strong 
or to those who esteem themselves 
strong, but it is to the faint. One 
who is faint pictures an individual 
who has all but spent his own 
strength in activity and will surely 
go under unless revived and re- 
newed by a source outside of him- 
self. What a picture of the present- 
day Christian struggling against the 
world, the flesh, and the Devil in his 
own power! It is no wonder he is 
faint and all but defeated, but praise 
God, reinforcements are available 
and promised. 



9. 



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One need not be ashamed to call 
for aid in this spiritual battle, for the 
writer goes on to tell us: "Even the 
youths shall faint and be weary, and 
the young men shall utterly fall." 
Yes; even at the epitome of devel- 
opment, human strength is not ade- 
quate to cope with the adversaries 
which a Christian in God's service is 
called upon to face. If, then, the best 
in human strength utterly fails in 
battle without God-given power, 
how much more readily we, if not 
continually renewed and reinforced 
from on high. 

We clearly see now that the source 
is adequate, the promise sure, and 
the need urgent. What now remains 
for us to know is the condition for 
receiving the much-needed power. 
We find the condition at the begin- 
ning of the next verse. The promise 
is made to those who will 'wait 
upon the Lord." The term, "wait up- 
on the Lord," seems to depict a per- 
sistent holding on to God for the 
promise rather than glib request for 
it. It is interesting to note that the 
same was true on the Day of Pente- 
cost. The instruction then, as now, 
was to wait for the promised power. 
One might question the wisdom of 
God in requiring this condition of 
waiting, but it would seem to reveal 
that God is desirous that we should 
have an intense desire for spiritual 



power. The fact that one is willing 
to wait for something will usually 
reveal an earnest desire for it. Cor- 
respondingly, many are willing to 
ask for power, but only those really 
desirous of real spiritual power are 
willing to wait upon the Lord for it, 
and to those earnest few the promise 
is ever sure. Yea; "they shall mount 
up with wings as eagles; they shall 
run, and not be weary; and they 
shall walk, and not faint" (Isa. 40: 
31). With this God-given power we 
can do what no human strength 
could ever do. 

Let us each say with the earnest- 
ness of the Samaritan woman at 
Jacob's well, "Lord, give me this 
power." It is available in unlimited 
supply; it is promised beyond ques- 
tion, the only stipulation being: Do 
we want it bad enough to wait upon 
the Lord for it? 



(X^ailaMe 




BY CURTIS MITCHELL 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 
Bellflower, Calif 



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Are the Wicked 
Deod in Hell? 

(Continued From Page 141) 

idea of communications between the 
dead and those alive at present has 
no Biblical support at all but is re- 
futed completely by a careful study 
of the Word. 

The unsaved dead are held in an 
orderly prison awaiting that great 
day of the Lord when all will appear 
before Him in judgment. 

The unbelieving dead are now 
in sheol-hades in an incomplete 
state. 

This subject is difficult for us fi- 
nite beings to comprehend. We know 
very little of reality apart from the 
physical. But there seems to be a 
limited incomplete existence of those 
in sheol-hades. Probably their state 
is comparable to that of the demons 
who appear to be dispossessed of 
their bodies. 

If this is hard to grasp, remember 
that the physical is not the basis of 
literal reality; God is — yet He is 
pure Spirit. 

The unbelieving dead are now 
in sheol-hades in conscious con- 
tinual torment and pain. 

It is not within the scope of this 
discussion to consider the nature of 
this torment and pain. But Scripture 
throughout its entirety speaks of the 
unrighteous dead as being in a state 
of misery. In the passage in Luke 16. 
three times the fact of torment is 
stated. 

Those dying outside of Christ go 
not to hell but to a prepared prison 
where in a controlled conscious and 
painful existence in an incomplete 
state they await an irrevocable and 
unalterable destiny. This place is 
called in Scripture "sheol-hades" 
and when the King of kings shall 
have ascended the great white 
throne to judge all who have re- 
jected His love and grace, then 
sheol-hades will be emptied into 
hell, "the lake of fire" (Rev. 20:13- 
15). 

Maybe you are saying, "Why 
should I concern myself over the 
state of those who are dead?" True, 
you can never change their state, 
but while you have taken time to 
read this article, a thousand souls 
around this world have been ush- 
ered into this awful and fearful place 
to await eternal judgment. That un- 



WHEN WILL HE COME? 

Perhaps at very early dawn, when just a tiny touch of gray 
Begins to light the eastern sky and drive the dark of night away — 
My Lord will come! 

Or it may be the breakfast hour, with all my fam'ly gathered there 
Before we start the day; and heads and hearts are bowed in thankful 
prayer — 
That He will come! 

Or it could be some working morn. As busy wife and mother, I 
Am scrubbing floors — preparing food. When suddenly I hear the cry — 
The Lord has come! 

It just, might be at sunset time — when God is painting western sky 
With sunset colors — red and gold — that as I watch — from there on high 
Our Lord will come! 

Perhaps, perhaps at blackest night when all my world is dark and still — 
That through the velvet, starlit blue my Lord will come! What joy! What 
thrill! 
If thus He comes! 

I cannot know the day, the hour, that He will come — and I will go. 
But oh! He bade me watch and wait, for come He will! Oh yes! I know 
One day He'll come! 

— Geneva Showerman. 



saved loved one, your neighbor, your 
friends at work, the man you touch 
on the street, and the uncounted 
millions throughout the world are 
facing this fate without Christ or 
hope in the world. May God stir our 
hearts to snatch them "as brands 
from the burning." 



$n iWemnrtam 

Names appear in this column only when 
sent in by pastor. 

Allison C. Markel, 69, went to be 
with the Lord Feb. 3. Brother Mar- 
kel was a staunch friend and mem- 
ber of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Juniata, Altoona, Pa. — J. Ward 
Tressler, pastor. 

Phil Downs, charter member and 
district mission board representative 
of the Johnson City (Tenn.) Breth- 
ren Church, departed to be with the 
Lord December 18. Memorial serv- 
ice was held December 20. — Dean 
Risser, pastor. 

Mrs. Lucy B. Walls, 76, was pro- 
moted to be with the Lord on Jan- 
uary 26. She was a faithful member 
of the Leamersville Brethren Church 
for many years. — Robert Crees, pas- 
tor. 



HAVE ONE— YOU'LL LIKE IT! 

Yes; we liked it very much. And 
we received many blessings! We 
started the new year with a special 
Bible school-missionary conference. 
The conference started on Monday 
and ran through Wednesday. There 
were two speakers each evening. 
Harold Etling presented informative 
inspiration pertaining to the Sunday 
school. Brother and Sister Jake 
Kliever thrilled the folks with up- 
to-the-minute missionary news and 
challenge. The speakers were limit- 
ed in time and graciously cooper- 
ated fully. Each service was packed 
double with blessing for all. 

On Tuesday, forenoon and after- 
noon. Miss Catherine Marshall, of 
the Akron area Child Evangelism 
Fellowship, presented instructional 
classes for teachers of children. The- 
ory and practical demonstration 
were included. Much good was done 
and many new avenues of approach 
in teaching were presented. These 
sessions were greatly appreciated. 

All in all, our Bible school-mis- 
sionary conference was a great 
blessing and help to our people. 
Have one — you'll like it! — Kenneth 
Ashman, pastor, First Brethren 
Church, Wooster, Ohio. 



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Items You'll Want to Know . . . 



The members of the Board of Trustees of The Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren Church met in 
Winona Lake, Ind., during the week of January 24 
through 28 to consider the accomplishments, challenges, 
and needs of our six fields of missionary endeavor. In 
order that you may praise the Lord with us and pray 
with us, we present the following summary. Projects 
for all fields were approved and will be listed in the 
Herald at our earliest opportunity. If you desire infor- 
mation regarding any of the items mentioned, or con- 
cerning any foreign-mission matter, please feel free to 
write us at any time — Brethren Foreign Mission Office, 
Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 

General 

The SOCIAL SECURITY plan is very favorably con- 
sidered for all missionaries and office employees and 
complete information is being secured as rapidly as 
available. 

For several years we have been studying the matter 
of PENSION AND RETIREMENT in 'relation to our 
missionary personnel. A general survey was completed 
this year and the matter is now in the hands of a com- 
mittee — Brethren Charles Mayes, Ward Miller, and 
Glenn O'Neal — for further study and recommendation. 

MISSIONARY CANDIDATES — Some were inter- 
viewed and others, not able to be present in person, 
were considered upon the basis of correspondence. The 
Lord has given us some excellent potential missionaries, 
but for the most part they are just in the beginning 
years of their preparation. This, of course, means that 
the time of their going to the field is several years away. 
Our missionary personnel needs are urgent and imme- 
diate in three or four of our fields if we are to meet the 
challenges while the doors of opportunity are open. 

The little pamphlet entitled HOW MISSIONARIES 
ARE SELECTED has just come from the press. Copies 
will be made available to each pastor, and to any others 
who may have need. 

HOCKING APPOINTMENT — Upon the authority 
granted to the Board of Trustees by the Society at the 
annual meeting on August 27, 1954, the Board made the 
appointment of Brother and Sister Donald Hocking as 
missionaries to serve in French Equatorial Africa. Ac- 
cording to present plans, they are expected to leave for 
language study in France before the end of 1955. 

The 1955 ANNUAL MEETINGS of our Board and 
Society will be held in connection with the conference 
of our National Fellowship of Brethren Churches to be 
held in Portland, Oreg. The Board sessions are due to 
begin on the evening of August 5, and the Society cor- 
poration meeting is scheduled for August 13. 



Africa 

One of the main considerations of the midyear Board 
meeting is always with respect to the work in Africa 
since the Africa Field Council meeting usually convenes 
in December of each year. This year was no exception 
and we received the minutes of the Field Council meet- 
ing, which concluded on January 5, 1955, in time for our 
Board sessions. 

CONCERNING MISSIONARY PERSONNEL— One 
of the privileges of each Board meeting is the oppor- 
tunity for interviews with the missionaries on furlough. 
It was a joy to meet with Brother and Sister J. P. 
Kliever and to authorize their return to the field at the 
proper time, subject to satisfactory physical examina- 
tions. The Board approved the furlough recommenda- 
tions of the Field Council as follows: in June of this 
year — Miss Ruth Kent. Miss Marie Mishler, and Brother 
and Sister Harold Dunning and family; in August of 
this year — Brother and Sister Robert Hill and family. 
Brother and Sister Donald Miller and family, and 
Brother and Sister William Samarin and family. 

PRINTING NEEDS are acute in order to meet the 
pleas and demands for printed material. We do have 
some printing equipment which we have had for years 
and it needs to be replaced. In fact, the Board has ap- 
proved its replacement at a cost of between S3.000 and 
$5,000 delivered to the field. Offset equipment is being 
considered. 

■ The Board also author- 

ized the printing of a 
READER SERIES, con- 
sisting of three primers, 
10,000 of each to be print- 
ed at a cost of between 
$1,500 and $2,000. These 
primers are for the pur- 
pose of teaching the native 
to read in his own lan- 
guage, and they have 
proved to be very valu- 
able. The primers will be 
purchased by the natives; 
thus the amount expended 
by the Board will be repaid in due course of time. 

A NEW MEDICAL CENTER is to be established at 
BOGUILA. This location is in the northern part of our 
field where there is quite a concentrated population. 
The first buildings authorized, including the residence 
and c'inic, will cost approximately $7,850. This does not 
include the equipment of the clinic or other needs. Pray 
with us that sufficient funds will be received in our 
coming Easter offering to take this step. 

Approval was given for an ADDITIONAL APART- 




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. . . Concerning Our Six Fields 



MENT IN BANGUI, at a cost of $3,000, to care for an- 
other missionary family. This will bring the total cost of 
building in Bangui to $18,000, but we are confident that 
this expenditure is justified in view of the excellent re- 
sponse in this new location. The average attendance at 
services is about 1,000 at the present time — services 
began on October 31, 1954. 

OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM in Africa will be fully ex- 
plained in an early issue of the Herald and terms will 
be defined. The FRENCH SCHOOL, which is the school 
for the purpose of teaching monitors or teachers, is 
moving from the Bassai station to the Yaloke station. 
Approval has been given for the opening of ELEMEN- 
TARY SCHOOLS at Yaloke, Batangafo, and in the 
Bellevue district at an approximate cost of from $640 
to $850 each. 

There is a great need for SEVEN REST HOUSES 
throughout our field. These are not places for vacation, 
as the name might imply, but they are one- or two-room 




A rest house. This one was built by the natives. 

residences in areas where there are no missionary resi- 
dences and are places where missionaries may live for a 
short period of time while teaching and visiting the 
natives in the area. These will cost $350 each and are 
being offered as projects. 

There are OTHER BUILDING NEEDS. If we con- 
tinue to send missionaries to the field, we must have 
places for them to live. Present buildings need reroofing 
and repair. We will need three or four more missionary 
residences in the year immediately ahead. These build- 
ing needs can only be met if our coming Easter offering 
shows an increase. 

AN INTERSTATION COMMUNICATION SYSTEM 
has been approved. This can prove to be one of our 
greatest blessings in Africa. It will enable contact be- 
tween stations at any time, once a day or several times 
per week; missionaries will be able to have conferences 
by wireless. Such a system should save many miles of 
travel and make for better planning and working to- 



gether. As far as we know now the cost will approximate 
$100 per unit and we will need 12 or 13 units for our 
field at the present time. These units may have to be 
built in the United States. We would greatly appreciate 
suggestions and advice. We are trusting that the units 
for this system may be provided as projects. 

TWO NEW TRUCKS are needed just as soon as pos- 
sible. These can be sent only if the coming Easter offer- 
ing is sufficient. Perhaps a church or an individual may 
desire to supply one or both of these trucks. If inter- 
ested, please write our office. 

THE BIBLE INSTITUTE COURSE is being increased 
to cover a three-year period. Our native workers have 
been well trained, but this plan will make for even 
better training and for more stalwart workers. One of 
the native workers from the Bellevue district, a grad- 
uate of the Bible Institute, has been called to assist the 
staff for the coming year. His salary will be paid by the 
African churches. 

A FIVE-YEAR PROGRAM has just been approved 
in Africa which seems to be one of the greatest forward 
steps in our foreign-mission program in a generation. 
By this plan a fully self-governing native church will be 
ready to take over within a period of five years. This 
does not lessen the need for missionaries — in fact, we 
desperately need four more missionary-pastor families 
and need them RIGHT NOW if this plan is to be realized 
and work effectively. 

The name of our native churches in Africa is LES 
EGLISES EVANGELIQUE DES FRERES— The Evan- 
gelical Brethren Church. 

Argentina 

Most of the planning in relation to our field in Argen- 
tina for some years ahead was cared for at the last 
annual Board meeting in August 1954 and at the mid- 
year meeting a year ago. The plans made are being 
followed and are working out successfully. 

CONCERNING MISSIONARY PERSONNEL — The 
Board approved the recommendation of the Field Coun- 
cil for the furlough of Brother and Sister James Mar- 
shall and family this coming May. The Board authorized 
the return of Brother and Sister Jack Churchill and 
family and Mrs. Loree Sickel at the proper time, pend- 
ing satisfactory physical examinations. 

TWO NEW CHURCH BUILDINGS were erected dur- 
ing the year by Argentine believers — one at Rio Ter- 
cero and one at Corral de Bustos. 

We need to purchase TWO OR THREE MORE LOTS 
for the erection of similar chapels or church buildings 
by the Argentine believers. These will be cared for as 
funds permit and as the right locations are found. As 
you may recall, our agreement with the national believ- 
ers is that we will purchase and supply the lot providing 
the believers will erect the chapel or church building. 

The missionaries are continuing to survey the NEW 



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A game of volley ball — one of the enjoyments at young 
people's camp. 



AND LARGE CITY AREAS, looking toward expansion. 
Reports indicate excellent tent and revival meetings, 
good Bible conferences, and enthusiastic youth camps. 
The work is not easy in this field, but we are greatly 
encouraged. 

AN ADDITIONAL MISSIONARY FAMILY is need- 
ed in Argentina. Pray that the Lord will lead. 

For this present year the BIBLE INSTITUTE will be 
held in Rio Cuarto. The men students will live on the 
mission property and the women students will live in 
the homes of believers in Rio Cuarto. It will be possible 
for the students to secure part-time work in the area. 

Brazil 



both of our areas of activity in Brazil. A new building 
was erected in Macapa for this purpose and two Chris- 
tian Brazilian teachers were secured. It was not the 
original plan to begin the school in Icoraci until after 
the Zielasko family had returned from furlough in the 
States. However, in view of the request of the believers 
in order that their children may have Christian teach- 
ing, a school has been started in the chapel at Agulha. 
This is an outpost from Icoraci and is in the area where 
most of the children live. 

NATIONAL WORKERS are greatly needed. We are 
praising the Lord for Raimundo, one of the young men 
from Icoraci, who is now away at Bible school preparing 
to become a national pastor. Two other young men are 
in prospect — pray that they may be able to enter Bible 
school soon. 

The NEW MISSIONARY RESIDENCE in Icoraci is 
nearing completion. This is where the Burk family will 
live. We are extremely grateful to the National WMC 
for taking this as one of their projects for this year. 

At the annual meeting the Board authorized an AD- 
DITIONAL ROOM for the residence at Macapa and a 
NEW OUTBOARD MOTOR AND BOAT for Macapa. 
These are now in regular use and are very much appre- 
ciated by those on the field. 

The Board approved the purchase of a LOT IN ICO- 
RACI, at an approximate cost of $700, for the erection of 
a church building. There is a house on the lot which can 
be used as a meeting place until the Brazilian believers 
are ready to build. 

OUR GREATEST NEED in Brazil at the present time 
is another experienced missionary family. The Lord is 
able and we are looking to Him to supply all our mis- 
sionary needs. 



The plans for future months in Brazil which were 
approved at the annual meeting of our Board are rapidly 
being carried out. The items which follow will be more 
or less in the nature of a report. 

The Board authorized the FURLOUGH of Brother 
and Sister John Zielasko and family during this present 
year, the details as to time and so on to be worked out 
between the General Secretary and Brother Zielasko. 

CHRISTIAN DAY SCHOOLS are now operating in 




A Brasilian home in the Macapa area. 



France 

At the annual meeting last August the Board author- 
ized the General Secretary to visit our work in France. 
That visit proved to be of great value; we are confident 
that the Lord has great things ahead for us in that most 
difficult field. Many activities were reported to the Board 
at the recent meeting, resulting in their authorization 
and approval. 

A PLACE OF MEETING has been purchased in a 
very excellent location with plenty of room for church 
and Sunday-school services. At the back of the build- 
ing there is a small three-room apartment where our 
national French evangelist will live. Considerable repair 
was needed to get the property in readiness for the first 
services which were to have been held on February 27. 
We expect to have pictures of this meeting place very 
soon. 

The employment of a NATIONAL FRENCH EVAN- 
GELIST has been authorized. We hope to be able to 
present very soon the name and picture of the fine 
French family being invited to serve in this capacity. 
The Fogies need assistance and we believe that the 
securing of a well-trained, consecrated Christian family 
will greatly increase the effectiveness and outreach of 
the Fogies. 

Approval has been given for a PORTABLE TABER- 
NACLE. This type of temporary meeting place will fit 



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the needs much better than a tent. It can be easily dis- 
mantled, moved, and set up again. Also, since it can be 
heated, it will be serviceable for most of the year. The 
cost will be about $1,000, which is slightly more than 
the cost of a tent. A gift of $500 is on hand from Beth- 
any campers to apply toward this tabernacle, but an 
additional amount of $500 is needed. Would you like to 
help? We are trusting it will be possible to have this 
portable tabernacle ready by early summer; it will be 
built in France. 

A SHORT FURLOUGH for the Fogle family was 
authorized, beginning about July 1. During their absence 
in the States, Brother and Sister George Cone, Jr., and 
the national evangelist will carry on the work. 

Hawaii 

It was a joy to have Brother and Sister Foster Tresise 
meet with our Board during their recent emergency trip 
to the mainland. We are now much better acquainted 
with the work in Hawaii and its needs. 

The attendance at Grace Chapel ranges between 40 
and 60 and results are very encouraging. This work is 
self-supporting as far as the church unit is concerned 



and Brother and Sister Tresise do not receive allowance 
from our Society. It was mutually agreed to continue on 
this basis, but the Board is making an automobile ex- 
pense allowance of $25 per month to the Tresises. This 
will enable them to do more visitation and reach more 
with the Gospel. 

Mexico 

From time to time during the year, most of the Mexico 
missionaries met together with the committee repre- 
senting the Board — Brethren Mayes, Miller, and O'Neal. 
Plans of activity were worked out by this group and 
reports were presented at the recent Board meeting. 

BIBLE INSTITUTE CLASSES are in session in the 
San Ysidro-Tijuana area, with Brother Walter Haag and 
Miss Dorothy Robinson as teachers. 

The Howards are conducting BIBLE CLASSES for 
children and adults in the Calexico-Mexicali area. They 
were instrumental in doing a great deal of relief work 
recently because of the flood in that area. 

On their return to California from the Board sessions 
at Winona Lake, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Mayes went by 
way of Laredo, Tex., for a VISIT WITH THE EDMIS- 
TON FAMILY. They were most favorably impressed by 
the activity of the Edmistons in the Laredo-Nuevo La- 
redo area. Brother Edmiston is expecting to have a bap- 
tismal service very soon and is looking toward the 
opening of a Mexican Brethren church. 



ACTIVITY DURING FEBRUARY 
the young men from the 
Bible Institute went on an 
evangelizing tour down 
the Baja California penin- 
sula — this was vacation 
month. Brother Howard, 
accompanied by Dr. Al- 
berto Morales, went on a 
similar trip down the So- 
nora coast of Mexico. Miss 
Dorothy Robinson has 
spent several weeks as 
one of the speakers in the 
missionary rallies on the 
west coast. 

Brethren Edmiston and 
Howard each will spend 
about five weeks speaking 
in missionary rallies in the 
East and Midwest during 
the next several months. 



-Brother Haag and 



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A Bible Institute student. 



PROTESTANTS IN SPAIN 



WHEN YOU PRAY— 



In Spain the number of Spanish Protestants who pro- 
fess to belong to a Protestant congregation is about 30,- 
000. There are approximately 300 Protestant congrega- 
tions, of which only about one-third meet regularly for 
worship with the permission of the authorities. Religious 
meetings and services can be held only inside a building. 
A Protestant funeral is often prohibited as a "public 
demonstration." — EFMA Missionary News Service. 



Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting 
God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you 
know what He can do. Expect unexpected things, above 
all that we ask or think. Each time you intercede, be 
quiet first and worship God in His glory. Think of what 
He can do, of how He delights to hear Christ, of your 
place in Christ; and expect great things. — Andreiv Mur- 
ray, from "Streams in the Desert." 



March 5, 1955 



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BRAZIL— Land of the Amazon 



(Editor's Note — This is the first in a series of historical sketches 
on each of our six mission fields. One of these will appear in each 
succeeding Foreign Mission Number of the Herald until the series 
has been completed. Th?y are not appearing in chronological order, 
but as space permits. These historical highlights will give us all a 
better understanding of the fields in which our missionaries labor 
for Him.) 

"If my wife End I should volunteer for missionary 
work in Brazil, would you send us?" This was the ques- 
tion asked by Rev. J. Keith Altig following a presenta- 
tion of Brazil as one of the possible new mission fields 
for Brethren activity. The General Secretary's answer 
was, "Try us and see." Well, the results are very evident. 
After much prayer and further investigation, the Altigs 
were approved for missionary service in Brazil and they 
sailed for that land in February 1949, thus pioneering 
our Brethren testimony in Brazil. 

At an earlier time, under the direction of and at the 
suggestion of the Board of Trustees of the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society of the Brethren Church, the late Dr. 
Clarence L. Sickel made a tour of investigation in Brazil, 
looking toward the opening of a Brethren testimony 
there. After conferences with many friendly missionary 
agencies in the area, Dr. Sickel recommended that we 
open a work in Brazil and that the work should be near 
the mouth of the Amazon River — either in the Belem 
area or in the Territory of Amapa. 

Upon their arrival in Belem. Brazil, the Altigs spent 
the first year in language study. Then Brother Altig 
made a number of tours of investigation, going hundreds 
of miles into the interior around the general Amazon 
area, but working from Belem as the center. His con- 
clusions were almost identical with those of Dr. Sickel. 
so the first unit of work was established at Icoraci on 




OUR MISSIONARIES IN BRAZIL 



Back row — Mrs. Edward Miller, Bro. John Zielasko, Mrs. 
John Zielasko; middle row — Mrs. Bill Burk, Bro. Bill Burk, 
Ann Zielasko, Robert Zielasko, Bro. Edward Miller, Jeannette 
Miller; front row — Arthur Burk, Linda Burk, Edward Miller. 
jr., and Carol Ann Miller. 



the banks of the Para River. This river is a part of the 
great Amazon system. 

Icoraci is about 12 miles from Belem. The city of Belem 
has a population of between 250,000 and 300,000 people. 
The little city of Icoraci, including the territory immedi- 
ately associated with it, has a population of from 15,000 
to 20,000 people; it is a little city that has opened its heart 
to the Gospel. From the very first, our missionary en- 
deavors in Brazil have been very fruitful, with large 
numbers of people willing to hear, and many of them 
have accepted the gospel message. 

Our second missionary family. Rev. and Mrs. Edward 
D. Miller and daughter, Carol Ann, arrived in Brazil on 
March 6, 1950. After having the necessary language 
training, they were ready to establish the second center 
of activity. This second center was established in the 
Territory of Amapa, across the Amazon River from 
Icoraci. The capital of this territory is Macapa and is 
the center of our testimony in that area. Macapa was 
quite small in the days when Brother Altig first visited 
it. However, at the time when our Brethren testimony 
was established there, it had grown to a city of between 
15,000 and 20,000 people. The discovery and development 
of large manganese mines made the change; this has 
given us one of our greatest opportunities for evangeli- 
zation and the preaching of the Gospel. Macapa is rap- 
idly becoming a modern city and we are praising the 
Lord for our work in this area and the privilege of 
growing with the city. 

It needs to be understood that these two centers of 
activity, although just across the river from each other, 
are quite far distant, for the Amazon River at this loca- 
tion is approximately 200 miles wide. The differences 
between the characteristics of the people, climate, 
and so on in the two areas are greater in some re- 
spects than between two distinct countries, al- 
though in both areas there is a very friendly 
reception to the gospel message. 

At Icoraci there are two missionary families — 
Rev. and Mrs. John Zielasko and two children, 
who arrived there in October 1952; Rev. and Mrs. 
Bill Burk and two children, who arrived there in 
August 1954. 

Christian day schools seem to be one of the im- 
mediate avenues for the presentation of the Gos- 
pel and the establishment of our testimonies in 
these areas. The Brazilian schools are inadequate 
to care for all of the children that are available; 
therefore, the government looks with very great 
favor on the private schools — missionary schools 
classify as private schools. Christian day schools 
are now in operation at Icoraci and Macapa. 

It is our desire to add two or three other centers 
to the two present centers of activity — there are 
many opportunities for such. Reinforcement fam- 
ilies are necessary before we can expand in any 
way beyond our present two-station limit. We do 
have, in relation to our present stations, a number 
of outpost preaching chapels, and through these 
the work is rapidly expanding. The Brazilian be- 
lievers are being taught to assume responsibility 
for their own work and, with a surprising response. 



(Continued on Page 152) 



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PROGRESS and PROSPECTS 

IN THE FRENCH SCHOOL 



By Charles R. Taber, Yaloke, Africa 



I am sitting in the pickup on the road about 20 miles 
from Bozoum and 45 from Bassai, home and destination. 
Odd place to write an article, you say? But what better 
can I do as I wait for a three-foot flash flood to drain 
away? The road ahead and a bridge have disappeared 
for a distance of about 200 yards under the rushing 
blanket of an overflowing stream. Everything was nor- 
mal here yesterday when I went by, but the night 
brought a cloudburst and this is the result. 

But I am not writing to tell you about floods. I am 
just seizing the opportunity to write all the things that 
have piled up this year. My real subject is the French- 
school program, its progress, and its prospects. 

Progress 

First, what about progress? From January to Septem- 
ber we have had in our teacher-training school five 
young men. For a year they have been my constant oc- 
cupation. "But," I can hear someone say, "isn't it a waste 
of manpower to give the whole time of a missionary to 
five young men?" Although at first glance this may seem 
to be so, I prefer to look at it from another angle. 

These boys, with their previous education and their 
present desire to serve the Lord, are the cream of our 
youth. They have been called to be among the teachers 
who will open the intellectual eyes of a generation of 
African children, the future members and leaders of 
the African church. And in these vital keys to the fu- 
ture, this year has brought definite development, both 
spiritual and intellectual. I see in them a future multi- 
plication of my present feeble efforts. In the light of 
their progress and of the future saving of missionary 
time and funds, this year has been one of great fruit. I 
have been thrilled and humbled to see the grace and 
power of our God in this work. 

Prospects 

But what of the road ahead? This year has been one 
of much heartsearching, meditation, consultation, and, 
above all, of prayer concerning the prospects of African 
Christian day schools. Out of this preparation of our 
thinking has come the central concept that this mission, 
under God's leading, is here to found on African soil a 
virile, self-propagating, self-supporting, self-governing 
church. It is a matter of record in church history and 
particularly in missionary history that a church of this 
kind is a virtual impossibility without a minimum level 
of general alertness among both leaders and members. 



There is no other agency able and willing to give our 
youth this education under Christian auspices. Hence, 
the need for an educational program. 

Next Monday will be another first! The first class of 
30 little boys, ranging in age from 7 to 10, will be intro- 
duced to the complexities of general education. In this 
class our student-teachers will do their practice teaching 
in preparation for the examination that will permit them 
to teach. And then — the limit isn't the sky, but the lim- 
itless grace and power of God! Our work will not be 




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complete in Africa until the African church is ready to 
stand on its own feet, with an alert, trained leadership 
and a wide-awake membership. 

Any educational program costs money. In these open- 
ing days you have been most generous in extending a 
helping hand to your African brethren. But, realizing 
that we should not expect you to pay all the bills for an 
effective program, not to mention robbing the Africans 
of the grace of giving, we look forward to the day, per- 
haps in the very near future, when alt educational work 
will be fully supported by the African churches. Pray 
that African Christians will catch a vision of the poten- 
tial worth of an educational program to the qualitative 
and quantitative growth of their churches. Pray above 
all that we, weak human instruments, may not hinder 
the positive contribution that education can make, but 
rather may seize every opportunity of advancing the 
cause of winning lost souls and building churches. 

(Editor's Note — Lest someone may wonder whether Brother Taber 
ever reached home, he reports: "The sequel to the flood was quite 
an adventure. After waiting all night in the pickup for the water 
to subside, I left early in the morning to continue the trip, only to 
be brought up short by a bridge that had completely given way 
during the night. So I limped back to Yaloke with a loose fan and 
leaking oil. I made another attempt three days later, and finally 
swam across the river at the broken bridge, leaving the truck with 
one of my boys. Brother Jobson came and picked me up, so I finally 
arrived at Bassai, but Saturday night instead of Wednesday noon.") 



March 5. 7955 



151 



ANOTHER FINANCIAL REPORT! 



On the following pages we present our first annual 
report on a calendar-year basis. Some may feel that it 
is a waste of space to use six pages in a foreign-mission 
issue of the Herald for a financial report. Especially 
might those feel that way who are not members of our 
corporation and who have made no gifts of record to 
foreign missions. The stockholder in a bank is interested 
in the annual report of that bank; he will probably read 
every one of the cold, feelingless numbers. 

You are members of God's great corporation dedicated 
to getting the Gospel out to lost souls in foreign lands. 
You ought to be interested — we want you to be. Please 
ask us questions if there are any parts of this report 
which you do not understand. 

Upon the requests of many donors, and in harmony 
with the policies of our other denominational interests, 
we do not publish the names of individual donors. Offi- 
cial receipts are sent to all donors as soon as possible 
after their gifts reach our office. 

Total gifts for 1954, as you will notice, amounted to 
$212,552.97 — almost a quarter of a million dollars. We 
praise God and we are thanking you for your gifts. Even 
so, these fine gifts were 3 percent below our giving for 
1953; yet during the year 10 new missionaries were sent 
to the fields. 

In order to care for expenditures recently authorized 
by our Board in new construction and equipment we 
will need $43,000 during 1955 in addition to our regular 
operational costs. We will need $272,000 during this cur- 
rent year to care for all our needs, not including the 
sending of any additional missionaries. That is an in- 
crease of $60,000 or 28 percent over what we gave in 



1954. This will mean that an increase is needed of $3 
per member for every member of the Brethren Church 
— an increase of from $10.50 per member as given last 
year to an amount of $13.50 needed from each member 
in 1955. Is this possible? We believe it is! 

Where will your church stand in the giving program? 
We have begun a plan which we desire to follow year 
after year, indicating special mention of those churches 
giving $3,000 or more per year. Quite a number ap- 
proached the $3,000 mark last year; possibly they will 
exceed it this year. We soon expect to see a list of 
churches exceeding the $10,000 mark in yearly giving 
to foreign missions. 



Installment Giving — 

The general custom for most of us today is installment 
buying. Why shouldn't we do installment giving? Dur- 
ing the four months of February, March, April, and May 
we Brethren people will present our gifts to foreign mis- 
sions to care for our work for an entire 12 months. Our 
needs for the next 12 months will be at least $23,000 per 
month — that has been the average of our expenditures 
during the last five months. 

It will be easy for all of God's people in our Brethren 
churches, working together, to meet these needs. It will 
be easier if we would all do installment giving — week by 
week, and that's Biblical, too. "Upon the first day of the 
week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God 
hath prospered him . . ." (I Cor. 16:2). 

We'll all be pleasantly surprised at how much we can 
give during this four-month period if we make sacrifi- 
cial gifts to foreign missions every week. 



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All who pass the home of the Solon Hoyt family in 
Don Bosco. Argentina, may read the Gospel as set forth 
in the sign which is in front of the house. The interpre- 
tation of the Spanish is indicated as follows: 

Upper left — He loved and gave! 

Upper right — I believe and have! 

Middle — John 3:16 in Spanish. 

Bottom — The double aspect of the Gospel. 



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BilAZIL— LAND OF THE AMAZON 

(Continued From Page 150) 

they are accepting this responsibility. One young man 
is now enrolled in a Bible school some distance from 
Icoraci preparing for the work of the Christian ministry. 
Quite a number of others are faithfully attending the 
classes which are being taught by our missionaries 
themselves. 

Many of the plans now being put into effect in our 
mission in Brazil are the result of prayer and consulta- 
tion with the missionaries when the General Secretary 
visited the Brazilian field in January 1954. 



THE CHURCH IN GERMANY 

According to statistics published in Hanover, Ger- 
many, the current membership of the evangelical church 
in Germany is 41.162,000, served by 15,363 pastors. The 
evangelical church in Germany is composed of 13 Lu- 
theran, 12 United, and 2 Reformed churches, organized 
on a regional basis. The membership of the Evangelical 
Union Church, exceeding 14 million, is 90 percent Lu- 
theran and 10 percent Reformed. — EFMA Missionary 
News Service. 



"Twenty families of tithers could support a church 



and a missionary! 



-Dr. Robert Rudolph. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



REPORT OF GIFTS 

To The Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church — January 1, 1954, to December 31, 1954 



ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Alexandria, Va $288.11 

Allentown, Pa 618.49 

Baltimore, Md 46.00 

Chambersburg. Pa 142.67 

Hagerstown, Md 3.918.25 

Harrisburg. Pa 1.691.53 

Martinsburg. W. Va 510.00 

Philadelphia. Pa. (First) 5.385.22 

Philadelphia. Pa. (Third) 4,315.65 

Seven Fountains, Va 153.69 

Washington. D. C 2,118.14 

Waynesboro, Pa 2,799.82 

Winchester, Va 1,701.45 

York. Pa 505.06 

Atlantic District 114.10 



24,308.18 



Commonwealth Avenue Brethren Church, 
Alexandria, Va. 

General Fund $196.30 

Cone Funds 5.00 

Zielasko Funds 86.81 

S288.ll 



First Brethren Church, Allentown, Pa. 

Roy Snyder Funds $8.25 

Sumev Funds 8.29 

F. Taber Funds 601.95 



S618.49 



Bible Brethren Church, Baltimore, Md. 

General Fund $29.00 

Burk Funds 7.00 

Cone Funds 10.00 

$46.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Chambersburg, Pa. 

General Fund $88.18 

Burk Funds 13.00 

Cone Funds 9.00 

Foster Funds 14.58 

Roy Snyder Funds 17.91 

$142.67 

Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

General Fund $3,489.37 

Africa General Fund . . . 5.00 
Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Proiect 15.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 129.63 

Argentina General Fund 2.00 

Burk Funds 63.00 

Cone Funds 48.00 

Foster Funds 66.25 

Rottler Funds 100.00 

$3,918.25 

Melrose Gardens Brethren Church, 
Harrisburg, Pa. 

General Fund $1,218.74 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Project 28.33 

Burk Funds 244.30 

Cone Funds 200.16 

$1,691.53 

Rosemont Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, W. Va. 

General Fund $465.00 

Burk Funds 15.00 

Cone Funds 30.00 

$510.00 

First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa- 
General Fund $2,801.77 

Africa General Fund . . . 108.00 

Africa Medical Fund . . . 150.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 166.54 

Argentina General Fund 65.00 

Brazil General Fund . . 15.00 

France General Fund . . 5.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 5.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 15.00 

Beaver Funds 8.75 

Fogle Funds 5.00 

Foster Funds 60.00 

Jobson Funds 95.50 

L. Kennedy Funds 19.00 

M. Kennedy Funds 162.25 

Maconaghy Funds 90.00 

E. Miller Funds 45.25 

Schwartz Funds 734.02 



Roy Snyder Funds 176.20 

Sumev Funds 25.00 

Tresise Funds 5.00 

Tyson Funds 627.94 



$5,385.22 

Third Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Africa General Fund . . . $25.00 

Bishop Funds 15.00 

Burk Funds 26.00 

Cone Funds 17.00 

Maconaghy Funds 4.125.20 

Roy Snyder Funds 33.20 

Sumev Funds 24.25 

Teeter Funds 30.00 

Tvson Funds 20.00 

$4,315.65 



Trinity Brethren Church, 
Seven Fountains, Va. 



General Fund 

Africa — Bekoro-BYF 
Project 



$144.69 
9.00 



$153.69 

First Brethren Church, Washington, D. C. 

General Fund $1,644.64 

France General Fund . . 32.00 

Hawaii General Fund .. 30.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 3.00 

Burk Funds 46.50 

Cone Funds 42.00 

Dowdy Funds 125.00 

Fogle Funds 25.00 

Geske Funds 150.00 

Hovt Funds 10.00 

Roy Snyder Funds 10.00 

$2,118.14 

First Brethren Church, Waynesboro, Pa. 

General Fund $2,572.32 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Project 41.00 

Africa Special Funds . . 50.00 

Burk Funds 58.50 

Cone Funds 48.00 

Foster Funds 30.00 

$2,799.82 

First Brethren Church, Winchester, Va. 

General Fund $1,691.45 

Roy Snyder Funds 10.00 

$1,701.45 



Grace Brethren Church, York, Pa. 

General Fund $432.95 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Project 14.40 

Burk Funds 10.00 

Foster Funds 16.70 

Roy Snyder Funds 21.50 

Sumey Funds 9.51 



$505.06 



Atlantic District 



General Fund .... 

Foster Funds 

M. Kennedy Funds 
Schwartz Funds . . 



S8.00 

11.10 

5.00 

90.00 



$114.10 

CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 

Artesia $319.70 

Beaumont 2.434.39 

Bell 464.62 

Bellflower 784.29 

Chico 264.14 

Compton 1,101.51 

East Los Angeles 1.271.04 

Fillmore 763.95 

Glendale 1.636.68 

Inglewood 6.323.35 

La Crescenta 47.46 

La Verne 2,512.61 

Long Beach First 18,715.57 

Long Beach (North Long Beach). 5.710.27 

Long Beach (Stearns Street) 63.00 

Modesto (La Loma) 1.347.07 

Modesto (McHenry Avenue) 616.47 

Norwalk 5.020.14 

Paramount 459.73 

Phoenix. Ariz 246.36 

San Bernardino 515.92 

San Diego 448.13 

Seal Beach 278.41 



South Gate 1.749.86 

South Pasadena 841.76 

^outh San Gabriel 61 31 

Temple City 800.53 

Tracy 681.99 

West Covina 6.00 

Whittier (Community) 2,363.13 

Whittier (First) 7.224.62 

California District 1,005.61 



66.079.62 



Carson Avenue Brethren Church, Artesia 

General Fund $261.94 

Africa General Fund .. 1.00 
Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Project 5.00 

Africa Leper Fund 20.76 

B-azil Special Funds . . . 5.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 1.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 1.00 

Beaver Funds 5.00 

Burk Funds 14.00 

Sheldon Funds 5.00 

$319.70 

Cherry Valley Brethren Church, Beaumont 

General Fund $2,217.30 

Africa General Fund . . . 
A'-gentina General Fund 
Brazil General Fund . . . 
France General Fund . . 
Hawaii General Fund . . 
Mexico General Fund . . 

Burk Funds 

Cone Funds 

- $2,434.39 

Bell Brethren Church, Bell 

General Fund $464.62 

First Brethren Church, Bellflower 

General Fund $655.10 

Argentina General Fund 25.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 46.19 

France General Fund . . 20.00 

Bishop Funds 1.00 

Burk Funds 19.00 

Cone Funds 18.00 

$784.29 

Grace Brethren Church, Chico 

General Fund $217.07 

Cripe Funds 6.34 

Roy Snyder Funds 19.09 

Sumey Funds 21.64 

$264.14 



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30.00 


30.00 


10.00 


25.00 


10.00 


56.00 


51.00 



First Brethren Church, Compton 
General Fund $1,027.51 



Africa General Fund . . . 


5.00 


Africa— Bekoro-BYF 






5.00 


Argentina General Fund 


5.00 


Brazil General Fund . . . 


30.00 


France General Fund . . 


5.00 


Hawaii General Fund . . 


5.00 


Mexico General Fund . . 


5.00 




14.00 




$1,101.51 



Community Brethren Church, 
East Los Angeles 

General Fund $710.39 

Brazil General Fund . . . 10.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 25.00 

Beaver Funds 7.50 

Burk Funds 404.30 

Cone Funds 6.60 

Sumey Funds 107.25 



$1,271.04 



First Brethren Church, Fillmore 

General Fund $695.00 

Argentina Special Funds 9.75 

Burk Funds 19.20 

Cone Funds 15.00 

Jones Funds 12.50 

Miss Ruth Snyder Funds 12.50 



S763.95 



First Brethren Church, Glendale 

General Fund $1,205.80 

Brazil General Fund . . . 100.00 



March 5, 7955 



153 



Brazil Special Funds . . . 288.34 

Beaver Funds 14.54 

Cone Funds 8.00 

Haag Funds 10.00 

Roy Snvder Funds 10.00 



SI. 636. 68 



First Brethren Church, higlewood 

General Fund S5.856.78 

Africa General Fund ... 221.00 

Africa Leper Fund 65.00 

Argentina General Fund 10.00 

France General Fund . . 5.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 52.00 

Beaver Funds 45.47 

Bishop Funds 22.00 

Munn Funds 11.50 

Sumey Funds 34.60 



S6. 323.35 
Mountain Brethren Church, La Crescenta 



General Fund 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Proiect 

Altig Funds 



$20.12 



17.34 
10 00 



S47.46 



First Brethren Church, La Verne 

General Fund $1,853.96 

Africa General Fund . . . 344.00 

Africa Medical Fund . . . 5.00 

Argentina General Fund 90.50 

Brazil General Fund . . . 70.15 

France General Fund . . .25 

Hawaii General Fund .. 1.25 

Mexico General Fund .. IS 50 

Burk Funds 42.00 

Churchill Funds 25.00 

Cone Funds 37.00 

Sheldon Funds 25.00 



First Breth 


ren Church, Long Beach 






$15,709.52 


Africa General 


Fund . . 


979.25 


Africa Leper F 


und . . . 


167.70 


Africa Medical 


Fund . . 


10.00 


Africa Special Funds . . 


10.00 


Argentina General Func 


144.25 


Argentina Spec 


al Fund 


5 500.00 


Brazil General 


Fund . . 


182.00 


France Genera 


Fund . 


100.45 


Hawaii Genera 


Fund . 


33.00 


Mexico Genera 


Fund . 


162.00 


Bishop Funds 




5.00 


Burk Funds . . 




20.40 


Byron Funds 




10.00 


Cone Funds . . 




59.00 






70.00 


Hill Funds . . . 




60.00 


Samarin Funds 




62.50 


Sumev Funds 




5.00 


Teeter Funds 




5.00 


Tyson Funds 




10.00 






410.50 






$18,715.57 



North Long Beach Brethren Church, 
Long Beach 

General Fund $4,720.02 

Africa General Fund . . . 62.00 

Africa Leper Fund 46.00 

Africa Medical Fund . . . 40.00 

Argentina General Fund 37.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 33.00 

Brazil Special Funds . . . 6.75 

Churchill Funds 146.00 

Edmiston Funds 598.50 

Fogle Funds 5.00 

Sickel Funds 6.00 

F. Taber Funds 10.00 

$5,710.27 

Stearns Street Brethren Church, Long Beach 

General Fund $63.00 

La Loma Grace Brethren Church, Modesto 

General Fund $1,110.21 

Africa General Fund . . . 67.00 

Burk Funds 36.86 

Cochran Funds 5.00 

Cone Funds 28.00 

E. Miller Funds 100.00 

$1,347.07 

McHenry Avenue Grace Brethren Church, 
Modesto 

General Fund $531.17 

Africa Leper Fund .... 25.00 

Cripe Funds 22.15 

Goodman Funds 9.11 

Roy Snyder Funds 15.79 

Sumey Funds 13.25 

$616.47 



Norwalk Brethren Church, Norwalk 

General Fund SI. 692.26 

Balzer Funds 3,276.50 

Munn Funds 24.56 

Sumey Funds 26.82 

$5,020.14 

Paramount Brethren Church, Paramount 

General Fund $435.15 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Proiect 17.58 

Burk Funds 2.00 

Cone Funds 5.00 

$459.73 



Community Brethren Church, Whittle? 



First Brethren Church, Phoenix, Ariz. 

General Fund $186.36 

Burk Funds 17.00 

Cone Funds 13.00 

Cripe Funds 30.00 



$246.36 



Arrowhead Avenue Brethren Church, 
San Bernardino 

General Fund S454.30 

Burk Funds 21.00 

Cone Funds 24.00 

Munn Funds 6.75 

Sumev Funds 987 



$515.92 



First Brethren Church, San Diego 



General Fund 

Brazil General Fund . 
Mexico General Fund 
Haag Funds 



S344.19 
16.31 
63.75 

:■:: ss 



$448.13 



First Brethren Church, Seal Beach 



General Fund 

Africa Special Funds 
Howard Funds 



S250.09 

3.32 

25.00 



$278.41 



First Brethren Church, South Gate 

General Fund S30.10 

Brazil General Fund . . . 45.00 

Brazil Special Funds . . . 92.50 

Beaver Funds 1.469.14 

Burk Funds 90.37 

Cone Funds 22.75 



1,749.86 



Fremont Avenue Brethren Clutrch, 
South Pasadena 

General Fund $701.95 

Argentina General Fund 5.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 35.00 

Beaver Funds 24.23 

Burk Funds 30.00 

Munn Funds 21.45 

Roy Snydrr Funds 15.59 

Sumey Funds 8.54 



$841.76 
Grace Brethren Church, South San Gabriel 

Africa Leper Fund $15.69 

Altig Funds 7.11 

Bishop Funds 23.51 

Rov Snvder Funds 15.00 

$61.31 

Temple City Brethren Church, Temple City 

General Fund S501.72 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Project 279.81 

Argentina General Fund 1.00 

Burk Funds 13.00 

Munn Funds 5.00 

S800.53 

First Brethren Church, Tracy 

General Fund $508.05 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Proiect 7.08 

Africa Special Funds . . . 69.61 

Mexico General Fund . . 161 

Burk Funds 19.00 

Cone Funds 23.00 

Cripe Funds 10.00 

Munn Funds 25.59 

Roy Snvder Funds 18.05 



$681.99 



West Covina Brethren Church, West Covina 
Burk Funds S6.00 



General Fund $2,334.26 

Haag Funds 10.00 

Roy Snyder Funds 18.87 



$2,363.13 



First Brethren Church, Whittier 

General Fund $6,747.64 

Argentina General Fund 100.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 139.36 

Beaver Funds 50.14 

Bishop Funds 35.00 

Burk Funds 50.00 

Cone Funds 27.00 

Munn Funds 37.48 

Sumev Funds 38.00 



$7,224.62 



California District 

General Fund $506.00 

Africa Special Funds . . 25.87 

Mexico General Fund .. 1.00 

Beaver Funds 18.65 

Burk Funds 146.00 

Dunning Funds 243.09 

Garber Funds 50.00 

Haag Funds 10.00 

Samarin Funds 5.00 



$1,005.61 



EAST DISTRICT 



Accident. Md $19.48 

Aleppo. Pa 230.07 

Altoona. Pa. (First) 1.227.89 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 559.43 

Conemaugh. Pa 1,591.63 

Conemaugh. Pa. (Mundy's Corner) 1.069.78 

Conemaugh. Pa. (Singer Hill) .... 475.23 

Everett. Pa 1.080.31 

Grafton. W. Va 161.44 

Hollidavsburg. Pa 1.047.00 

Hopewell, Pa 831.00 

Jenners. Pa 256.00 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 7.011.00 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 400.00 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 1,323.96 

Kittanning. Pa. (North Buffalo) .. 85.68 

Leamersville. Pa 1 .099 00 

Listie, Pa 1.396.23 

Martinsburg. Pa 2,423.60 

Meversdale. Pa 654.80 

Meyersdale. Pa. (Summit Mills) .. 504.25 

Uniontown. Pa 1.300.92 

Washington. Pa 71.00 

East District 308.33 



25.128.03 



First Grace Brethren Church, Accident, Md. 



Brazil General Fund 
Cone Funds 



S5.00 
14.48 



SI 9 IS 

Aleppo Brethren Church, Aleppo, Pa. 

General Fund $201.47 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Proiect 15.00 

Brazil Special Funds ... 1.00 

Foster Funds 7.29 

Sumey Funds 5.31 

$230.07 

First Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa. 

General Fund $1,124.99 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Proiect 15.00 

Burk Funds 32.00 

Cone Funds 33.00 

Roy Snyder Funds 22.90 



$1,227.89 

Grace Brethren Church, Juniata, Altoona, Pa. 

General Fund $478.93 

Africa General Fund . . . 1.50 

Hawaii General Fund . . 2.00 

Foster Funds 6.00 

Schwartz Funds 6.00 

Roy Snyder Funds 65.00 



$559.43 



Conemaugh Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

General Fund $779.90 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Proiect 42.00 

Jones Funds 163.00 

Nielsen Funds 9.53 

Rov Snyder Funds 16.96 

Miss Ruth Snyder Funds 553.14 

Sumey Funds 27.10 



$1,591.63 



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Pike Brethren Church (Mundy's Corner), 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Project S20.00 

Burk Funds 18.00 

Cone Funds 12.00 

Teeter Funds 1,019.78 

1.069.78 

Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pa, 

General Fund $151.74 

Africa General Fund ... 151.74 

Argentina General Fund 151.75 

Burk Funds 20.00 



S475.23 



Everett Grace Brethren Church, Everett, Pa. 

General Fund 81,015.81 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Project 15.00 

Bishop Funds 12.00 

Burk Funds 19.50 

Cone Funds 18.00 

SI. 080. 31 



First Brethren Church, Grafton, W. Va. 



General Fund 
Cripe Funds . 



S150.00 
11.44 



S161.44 



Vicksburg Brethren Church, 
Hollidaysburg, Pa. 

General Fund $864.23 

Africa — Bekoro-BYF 

Project 75.00 

France General Fund . . 20.00 

Cone Funds 22.00 

Foster Funds 50.00 

Schwartz Funds 15.77 

Si. 047.00 

Grace Brethren Church (Yellow Creek), 
Hopewell, Pa. 

General Fund S10.00 

Beaver Funds 24.20 

Bishop Funds 18.00 

Burk Funds 13.00 

Cone Funds 15.00 

Schwartz Funds 10.40 

Roy Snyder Funds 740.40 

S831.00 

Jenners, Brethren Church, Jenners, Pa. 

General Fund $198.00 

Africa — Bekoro-BYF 

Project 10.00 

Africa Special Funds . . 33.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 15.00 

S256.00 

First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

General Fund S4.777.38 

Africa General Fund . . 1.173.73 

Argentina General Fund 26.00 

France General Fund . . 1.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 2.00 

Bickel Funds 790.14 

Burk Funds 40.00 

Cripe Funds 19.12 

M. Kennedy Funds .... 5.00 

Munn Funds 19.13 

Nielsen Funds 31.00 

Schwartz Funds 20.00 

Roy Snyder Funds 25.45 

Miss Ruth Snyder Funds 35.00 

Sumey Funds 46.05 

S7.011.00 

Riverside Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

General Fund $400.00 

First Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa. 

General Fund SI. 323.96 

North Buffalo Brethren Church, 
Kittanning, Pa. 



General Fund 



S85.68 



Leamersuide Brethren Church, 
Duncansville, Pa. 



General Fund 


S719.18 


Africa General Fund . . . 


30.00 


Africa— Bekoro-BYF 






7.56 


Argentina General Fund 


5.00 


Brazil General Fund . . . 


5.00 


France General Fund . . 


5.00 


Hawaii General Fund . . 


30.00 



Mexico General Fund . . 5.00 

Beaver Funds 5.00 

Burk Funds 56.00 

Cone Funds 70.00 

Schwartz Funds 46.00 

Roy Snyder Funds 115.26 



SI. 099.00 

Listie Brethren Church, Listie, Pa. 

General Fund $220.83 

Africa — Bekoro-BYF 

Project 60.10 

Burk Funds 30.50 

Cone Funds 35.50 

Foster Funds 9.33 

Nielsen Funds 8.57 

Sheldon Funds 1.012.01 

Sumey Funds 19.39 

SI. 396. 23 

First Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 

General Fund $1,463.60 

France General Fund . . 10.00 

Burk Funds 5.00 

Cone Funds 117.00 

Foster Funds 5.00 

Sumey Funds 823.00 

S2. 423.60 

Meuersdale Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 

General Fund S575.50 

Africa General Fund . . . 10.00 

Bishop Funds 1.00 

Rov Snvder Funds 22.26 

Miss Ruth Snvder Funds 25.50 

Sumey Funds 20.54 

S654.80 

Summit Mills Brethr«n Church, 
Meyersdale, Pa. 

General Fund S449.00 

Africa — Bekoro-BYF 

Project 12.00 

Goodman Funds 20.00 

Schwartz Funds 14.60 

Roy Snyder Funds 8.65 

S504.25 



First Brethren Church, Uniontown, Pa. 

General Fund $100.00 

Africa — Bekoro-BYF 

Project 21.00 

Burk Funds 61.00 

Cone Funds 26.50 

Hill Funds 1.092.42 

$1,300.92 

Laboratory Grace Brethren Church, 
Washington, Pa. 

General Fund S71.00 

East District 

Foster Funds $37.33 

Haag Funds 211.00 

L. Kennedy Funds 10.00 

M. Kennedy Funds 15.00 

Roy Snyder Funds 25.00 

Zielasko Funds 10.00 

$308.33 



INDIANA DISTRICT 

Berne S3.209.57 

Clay City 337.00 

Elkhart 441.80 

Flora 2,126.00 

Fort Wayne 2.709.64 

Goshen 140 59 

Huntington 49.00 

Leesburg 662.14 

Osceola 1.177.03 

Peru 538.89 

Sharpsville 40.15 

Sidney 1,227.79 

South Bend 638.59 

Wheaton. Ill 150.00 

Winona Lake 6.470.36 

Indiana District 820.47 



20,739.02 

Bethel Brethren Church, Berne 

General Fund $2,663.57 

Africa General Fund . . . 235.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 5.00 

Argentina General Fund 120.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 75.00 

France General Fund . . 10.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 10.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 15.00 

Burk Funds 31.00 

Cone Funds 15.00 



Hoyt Funds 20.00 

M. Kennedy Funds 10.00 

$3,209.57 

First Brethren Church, Clay City 

General Fund S337.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Elkhart 

General Fund $356.88 

Africa — Bekoro-BYF 

Project 8.82 

Beaver Funds 30.10 

Burk Funds 41.00 

Foster Funds 5.00 

S441.S0 

Grace Brethren Church, Flora 

General Fund S1.833.0S 

Hawaii General Fund . . 70.00 

Beaver Funds 54.04 

Burk Funds 37.00 

Cone Funds 77.04 

Schwartz Funds 54.04 

$2,126.00 

First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne 

General Fund S2.431.64 

Beaver Funds 15.00 

Burk Funds 21.00 

Cone Funds 17.00 

Geske Funds 25.00 

Habegger Funds 50.00 

Mason Funds 150.00 

52,709.64 

Grace Brethren Church, Goshen 

General Fund S96.52 

Beaver Funds 34.07 

Cone Funds 10.00 

S140.59 

Grace Brethren Church, Huntington 

General Fund S49.00 

Leesburg Brethren Church, Leesburg 

General Fund $285.29 

Beaver Funds 23.35 

Bishop Funds 164.50 

Burk Funds 14.00 

Cone Funds 25.00 

E. Miller Funds 150.00 

S662.14 

Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola 



General Fund 


S896.72 


Africa General Fund . . . 


7.28 


Argentina General Fund 


7.71 


France General Fund . . 


10.61 


Mexico General Fund . . 


10.96 




23.23 




5.00 


Burk Funds 


25.00 




33.02 


Foster Funds 


7.50 


Hill Funds 


150.00 




SI, 177.03 



Peru Brethren Church, Peril 

General Fund $357.25 

Beaver Funds 49.65 

Burk Funds 33.00 

Cone Funds 21.00 

Cripe Funds 11-00 

Jobson Funds 62.57 

Schwartz Funds 4.42 



S538.89 



Grace Brethren Church, Sharpsville 

General Fund $27.45 

Brazil General Fund ... 7.00 

Cone Funds 4.70 

E. Miller Funds 1.00 



S40.15 



Sidney Brethren Church, Sidney 

General Fund $1,008.54 

Africa General Fund . . . 50.00 

Argentina General Fund 50.00 

Bishop Funds 14.00 

Burk Funds 42.00 

Cone Funds 56.00 

E. Miller Funds 7.25 

$1,227.79 

Sunnymede Brethren Church, South Bend 

General Fund $339.42 

Africa General Fund . . . 45.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 20.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 20.00 

Burk Funds 102.00 



March 5, 1955 



155 



Cripe Funds 10.00 

Foster Funds 7.50 

E. Miller Funds 4.67 

Zielasko Funds 90.00 



$638.59 



Grace Brethren Church, Wheaton, III. 

General Fund $140.00 

Cone Funds 10.00 

$150.00 

Winona Lake Brethren Church, Winona Lake 

General Fund $5,634.97 

Africa General Fund . . . 6.00 
Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Project 33.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 50.00 

Argentina General Fund 10.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 5.00 

France General Fund . . 2.50 

Hawaii General Fund . . 5.25 

Mexico General Fund . . 125 

Bishop Funds 68.00 

Burk Funds 38.00 

Cochran Funds 12.00 

Cone Funds 224.30 

Cripe Funds 11.30 

Edmiston Funds 50.00 

Jones Funds 50.00 

E. Miller Funds 206.47 

Schwartz Funds 7.32 

Miss Ruth Snvder Funds 50.00 

Tresise Funds 5.00 

$6,470.36 

Indiana District 

General Fund $116.00 

Africa General Fund . . . 30.00 

Argentina General Fund 30.00 

France General Fund . . 10.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 10.00 

Cochran Funds 10.00 

Cone Funds 213.00 

Foster Funds 46.47 

Garber Funds 200.00 

E. Mvers Funds 50.00 

Williams Funds 100.00 

Zielasko Funds 5.00 



$320.47 



IOWA DISTRICT 



Cedar Rapids $619.09 

Dallas Center 825.68 

Davenport 35.00 

Garwin 1.057.06 

Leon 125.60 

North English 582.96 

Waterloo 3.662.65 

Iowa District 406.00 



7.314.04 



Grace Brethren Church, Cedar Rapids 

General Fund $549.42 

Bishop Funds 4.00 

Burk Funds 1.00 

Cone Funds 5.00 

Schwartz Funds 8.67 

Thurston Funds 51.00 



$619.09 



First Brethren Church, Dallas Center 

General Fund $655.10 

Africa General Fund . . . 50.00 

Argentina General Fund 5.00 

France General Fund . . 5.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 5.00 

Burk Funds 26.00 

Cone Funds 30.00 

Schwartz Funds 9.50 

Sheldon Funds 18.50 

Roy Snyder Funds 21.58 



SSLT, 68 



Grace Brethren Church, Davenport 

General Fund S35.00 

Carlton Brethren Church, Garwin 

General Fund $50.00 

Schwartz Funds 21.26 

Thurston Funds 985.80 

$1,057.06 

Leon Brethren Church, Leon 

General Fund $15.00 

Cochran Funds 83.00 

Cripe Funds 18.60 

Schwartz Funds 9.00 

$125.60 



Pleasant Grove Brethren Church, 
North English 

General Fund $260.95 

France Special Funds . . 10.00 

Byron Funds 45.00 

Cripe Funds 14.38 

D. Miller Funds 30.50 

E. Mvers Funds 185.50 

Sheldon Funds 36.63 

$582.96 

Grace Brethren Church, Waterloo 

General Fund $1,342.53 

Burk Funds 18.00 

Cone Funds 20.00 

Schrock Funds 2.225.00 

Schwartz Funds 47.62 

Roy Snvder Funds 9.50 



Iowa District 

General Fund $150.00 

Cochran Funds 66.00 

Cone Funds 125.00 

Schwartz Funds 40.00 

Roy Snvder Funds 25.00 



$3,662.65 



$406.00 



MICHIGAN DISTRICT 

Alto $408.93 

Berrien Springs 47.13 

Lake Odessa 1.075.70 

New Troy 347.28 

Ozark 39.70 

Michigan District 101.30 



2.020.04 



Calvary Brethren Church, Alto 



General Fund $337.93 

Argentina General Fund 61.00 

Bishop Funds 10.00 



$408.93 



Grace Brethren Church, Berrien Springs 



General Fund 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 



$29 96 





12.00 


E. Miller Funds 


5.17 


Grace Brethren Church 

General Fund 

Africa General Fund . . . 
Argentina General Fund 
Brazil General Fund . . . 
Hawaii General Fund . . 
Mexico General Fund . . 
Burk Funds 


Lake Odessa 

$845.70 
52.00 
25.00 
SI on 
13.00 
5.00 
26.00 
28.00 




$1,075.70 



New Troy Brethren, New Troy 

General Fund $289.24 

Beaver Funds 10.00 

Foster Funds 27.00 

E. Miller Funds 21.04 

$347.28 

Grace Brethren Church, Ozark 

General Fund $39.70 

Michigan District 

General Fund $81.25 

E. Miller Funds 20.05 

$101.30 

MIDWEST DISTRICT 

Albuquerque. N. Mex $26.92 

Arroyo Hondo, N. Mex 35.13 

Beaver City, Nebr 339.60 

Cheyenne. Wyo 56.58 

Cordillera. N. Mex 31.56 

Cuba. N. Mex 23.00 

Denver, Colo 219.23 

Portis, Kans 1,288.81 

Taos. N. Mex 103.17 

Midwest District 7.20 



Grace Brethren Church, 
Albuquerque, N. Mex. 



General Fund 



2.131.20 



$26.92 



Arroyo Hondo Brethren Church, 
Arroyo Hondo, N. Mex. 

General Fund $35.13 

Grace Brethren Church, Beaver City, Nebr. 

General Fund $325.00 

Cripe Funds 14.60 

339.60 

First Brethren Church, Cheyenne, Wyo. 

General Fund $50.58 

Cone Funds 6.00 

$56.58 

Cordillera Brethren Church, 
Cordillera, N. Mex. 

General Fund $17.05 

Beaver Funds 9.51 

Bishop Funds 5.00 

$31.56 

Brethren Navaho Mission, Cuba, N. Mex. 
General Fund $23.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Denver, Colo. 

General Fund $219.23 

First Brethren Church, Portis, Kans. 

General Fund $797.66 

Africa — Bekoro-BYF 

Project :> mi 

Cochran Funds 25.00 

Cone Funds 431.42 

Cripe Funds 29.73 

1.288.81 



Ca7io?i Brethren Church, Taos. N. Mex. 
$88.00 
15.17 



General Fund 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 
Project 



Midwest District 



General Fund 



$103.17 



$7.20 



NORTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 

Akron $2,227.49 

Ankenytown 859.45 

Ashland 4,995.44 

Canton 1,866.88 

Cleveland 218.20 

Cuvahoga Falls 394.97 

Danville 681.00 

Elvria 665.75 

Findlav 95.23 

Fremont ( Brethren Chapel) 139.97 

Fremont (Grace Brethren Church) 1,782.36 

Homerville 785.50 

Mansfield (Grace) 5.317.51 

Mansfield (Second Grace) 217.03 

Massillon 60.00 

Middlebranch 759.83 

Rittman 2,059.31 

Sterling 1,067.15 

Wooster 3,893.65 

Northern Ohio District 527.37 



28,614.09 



First Brethren Church, Akron 

General Fund $2,167.49 

Bishop Funds 19.00 

Burk Funds 17.00 

Cone Funds 24.00 



$2,227.49 

First Brethren Church, Ankenytown 

General Fund $775.25 

Burk Funds 26.00 

Cone Funds 20.00 

Fogle Funds 5.00 

Schwartz Funds 33.20 

$859.45 

West Tenth Street Brethren Church, Ashland 

General Fund $2,510.14 

Africa General Fund . . . 20.11 

Argentina General Fund 11.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 6.00 

France General Fund . . 11.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 106.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 6.00 

Beaver Funds 253.93 

Bishop Funds 807.28 

Burk Funds 34.80 

Cone Funds 38.25 

Hoyt Funds 757.50 



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E. Miller Funds 200.00 

Munn Funds 125.00 

Schwartz Funds 37.43 

Sheldon Funds 71.00 

$4,995.44 

First Brethren Church, Canton 

General Funds $33.14 

Africa — Bekoro-BYF 

Project 5.00 

Bishop Funds 26.00 

Burk Funds 24.00 

Cone Funds 17.00 

Hoyt Funds 1,741.14 

E. Miller Funds 20.60 

$1,866.88 

First Brethren Church, Cleveland 

General Fund $168.20 

Brazil General Fund . . . 10.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 15.00 

Burk Funds 15.00 

Cone Funds 10.00 

$218.20 

Grace Brethren Church, Cuyahoga Falls 

General Fund $309.97 

Africa — Bekoro-BYF 

Project 27.50 

Burk Funds 8.00 

Cone Funds 30.00 

Schwartz Funds 19.50 

$394.97 

Danville Brethren Church, Danville 

General Fund $635.00 

Cone Funds 46.00 

$681.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Elyria 

General Fund $650.89 

Mishler Funds 6.00 

Schwartz Funds 8.86 

$665.75 

Findlay Brethren Church, Fiiidlay 

General Fund $95.23 

Brethren Chapel, Fremont 

General Fund $126.39 

Beaver Funds 12.58 

$138.97 

Grace Brethren Church, Fremont 

General Fund $1,613.96 

Beaver Funds 88.40 

Burk Funds 38.00 

Cone Funds 43.00 



Schwartz Funds . . 
Roy Snyder Funds 



47.55 
16.42 



$2,059.31 



$1,783.36 

West Homer Brethren Church, Homerville 

General Fund $744.79 

Burk Funds 30.71 

Cone Funds 10.00 

$785.50 



Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield 

General Fund $60.00 

Africa General Fund . . . 5.00 
Africa — Bekoro-BYF 

Project 4.98 

Brazil General Fund . . . 10.00 

Beaver Funds 124.11 

Burk Funds 90.87 

Fogle Funds 4,909.92 

E. Miller Funds 59.00 

Schwartz Funds 53.63 

$5,317.51 

Second Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield 

General Fund $217.03 

Grace Brethren Church, Massillon 

General Fund $60.00 

First Brethren Chtirch, Middlebranch 

Burk Funds $19.50 

Kliever Funds 719.21 

Schwartz Funds 21.12 

$759.83 

First Brethren Church, Rittman 

General Fund $1,547.86 

Altig Funds 15.00 

Beaver Funds 80.02 

Burk Funds 53.50 

Cone Funds 37.87 

Dowdy Funds 261.09 



First Brethren Church, Sterling 

General Fund $1,035.16 

Bishop Funds 23.00 

Burk Funds 2.99 

Teeter Funds 6.00 

$1,067.15 

First Brethren Church, Wooster 



General Fund 


$2,712.37 


Africa General Fund . . . 


10.00 


Africa — Bekoro-BYF 






120.00 


Africa Special Funds . . 


105.00 


Argentina General Fund 


13.00 


Brazil General Fund . . . 


15.00 


Brazil Special Funds . . . 


432.00 


France General Fund . . 


3.75 


France Special Funds . . 


25.00 


Hawaii General Fund . . 


53.97 


Mexico General Fund . . 


10.00 


Beaver Funds 


127.17 


Bishop Funds 


31.00 


Burk Funds 


78.96 




147.68 


L. Kennedy Funds 


3.75 


Mishler Funds 


5.00 




$3,893.65 



Northern Ohio District 

Africa Special Funds . . . $200.00 

Burk Funds 24.00 

Byron Funds 10.00 

Jobson Funds 15.00 

E. Miller Funds 50.00 

Schwartz Funds 24.55 

Education of Missionary 

Children 203.82 



S527.37 



NORTHWEST DISTRICT 

Albany. Oreg $886.94 

Grandview. Wash 21.63 

Harrah. Wash 1,112.06 

Portland. Oreg 706.23 

Salem. Oreg 50.00 

Seattle, Wash 705.83 

Spokane. Wash 59.52 

Sunnvside. Wash 3,431.83 

Yakima. Wash 889.57 

Northwest District 180.00 



8,043.61 

Grace Brethren Church, Albany, Oreg. 

General Fund $770.26 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Project 5.00 

Beaver Funds 14.50 

Burk Funds 16.00 

Cone Funds 16.00 

Munn Funds 37.42 

Sumey Funds 27.76 

$886.94 

First Brethren Church, Grandview, Wash. 

Sheldon Funds $21.63 

Harrah Brethren Church, Harrah, Wash. 

General Fund $1,072.06 

Africa General Fund . . . 18.00 

Argentina General Fund 3.50 

Brazil General Fund . . . 3.00 

Burk Funds 8.00 

Cripe Funds 7.50 

$1,112.06 



Grace Brethren Church, Portland, Oreg. 

General Fund $620.34 

Hawaii General Fund . . 49.32 

Bishop Funds 15.00 

Burk Funds 5.00 

Munn Funds 16.57 

$706.23 

Salem Bible Class, Salem, Oreg. 

General Fund $50.00 

View Ridge Brethren Church, Seattle, Wash. 

General Fund $555.53 

Africa General Fund . . . 50.00 

Argentina General Fund 10.00 

Cripe Funds 9.00 

Jobson Funds 6.00 

Munn Funds 22.82 

Sheldon Funds 13.09 



Roy Snyder Funds 18.54 

Sumey Funds 20.85 

$705.83 

First Brethren Church, Spokane, Wash. 

General Fund $30.00 

Sheldon Funds 29.52 

$59.52 

First Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Wash. 

General Fund $2,106.65 

Africa General Fund . . . 145.00 
Africa — Bekoro-BYF 

Project 20.00 

Africa Special Funds ... 10.00 

Argentina General Fund 105.50 

Brazil General Fund . . . 15.00 

France General Fund . . 10.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 5.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 5.00 

Altig Funds 8.70 

Beaver Funds 48.60 

Bishop Funds 389.63 

Burk Funds 70.63 

Cone Funds 3.00 

Cripe Funds 63.80 

Dunning Funds 309.00 

Sumey Funds 116.32 

$3,431.83 

Grace Brethren Church, Yakima, Wash. 

General Fund $785.57 

Burk Funds 22.00 

Cone Funds 26.00 

Sheldon Funds 56.00 

$889.57 

Northwest District 

General Fund $100.00 

Beaver Funds 20.00 

Cone Funds 60.00 



$180.00 



SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

Boones Mill, Va $38.00 

Buena Vista, Va 895.13 

Covington, Va 714.34 

Hollins, Va 592.39 

Johnson City. Tenn 39.78 

Limestone, Tenn 576.95 

Radford. Va 205.82 

Riner, Va 28.45 

Roanoke. Va. (Clearbrook) 355.42 

Roanoke. Va. (Ghent) 2,272.51 

Roanoke, Va. (Washington Hts.).. 300.00 

Southeast District 474.77 



6.493.56 



Boones Chapel, Boones Mill, Va. 

General Fund $38.00 

First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, Va. 

General Fund $819.08 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Project 25.00 

Schwartz Funds 18.05 

Roy Snyder Funds 13.38 

Sumey Funds 9.62 

Tyson Funds 10.00 

$895.13 

First Brethren Church, Covington, Va. 



General Fund 

France General Fund 



$688.34 
26.00 



$714.34 



Mountain View Brethren Church, 
Hollins, Va. 

General Fund $529.26 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Project 8.55 

Schwartz Funds 10.23 

Roy Snyder Funds 33.20 

Sumey Funds 11.15 

$592.39 

Johnson City Brethren Church, 
Johnson City, Tenn. 

General Fund $39.78 

Vernon Brethren Church, Limestone, Tenn. 

General Fund $430.28 

Africa — Bekoro-BYF 

Project 12.30 

Burk Funds 35.00 

Cone Funds 32.00 

Foster Funds 2.83 

Roy Snyder Funds 23.08 

Sumey Funds 41.46 

$576.95 



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Fairlawn Brethren Church, Radford, Va. 

General Fund $139.34 

Bishop Funds 4.00 

Cone Funds 11.00 

Schwartz Funds 13.06 

Roy Snyder Funds 21.07 

Sumey Funds 17.35 

$205.82 

Grace Brethren Church, Riner, Va. 

General Fund $12.00 

Cone Funds 12.00 

Schwartz Funds 4.45 

$28.45 

Clenrbroofc Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

General Fund $343.63 

Roy Snyder Funds 11.79 

$355.42 

Ghent Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

General Fund $1,947.38 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Project 40.46 

Africa Special Funds . . . 5.00 

Bishop Funds 14.00 

Burk Funds 6.00 

Schwartz Funds 25.68 

Roy Snyder Funds .... ■ '<■ -< ; 

Sumey Funds 197.73 

$2,272.51 

Washington Heights Brethren Church, 
Roanoke, Va. 

General Fund $218.84 

Africa— Bekoro-BYF 

Proiect 22.00 

Goodman Funds 10. no 

L. Kennedy Funds 10.00 

Marshall Funds 10.00 

Schwartz Funds 5.46 

Roy Snyder Funds 10.05 

Sumey Funds 13.65 

$300.00 

Southeast District 

General Fund $31.56 

Hoyt Funds 105.00 

E. Miller Funds 35.00 

Rov Snvder Funds 128.21 

C. Taber Funds 105.00 

Teeter Funds 70.00 

$474.77 

SOUTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 

Camden $185.63 

Clayhole. Ky 172.69 

Clayton 1.108.81 

Covington 75.29 

Davton ( Bethany 25.95 

Dayton (Englewood) 93.22 

Dayton (First) 5.576.81 

Dayton (North Riverdale) 4.070.45 

Dayton (Patterson Park) 674.90 

Dryhill, Ky 30.00 

West Alexandria (Sampleville) .. 185.00 

Sidney 132.18 

Troy 324.77 

Southern Ohio District 188.00 

12.843.70 

First Brethren Church, Camden 

General Fund $85.82 

Africa General Fund ... 16.00 

Argentina General Fund 1.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 1.00 

France General Fund .. 1.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 15.50 



Mexico General Fund .. 1.00 

Beaver Funds 12.23 

Burk Funds 10.00 

Cone Funds 29.85 

Foster Funds 12.23 

$185.63 

Clayhole Brethren Church, Clayhole, Ky. 

General Fund $93.60 

Wagner Funds 76.09 

$172.69 

First Brethren Church, Clayton 

General Fund $959.89 

Africa General Fund . . . 10.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 5.00 

Beaver Funds 42.31 

Burk Funds 23.00 

Cone Funds 26.00 

Foster Funds 10.41 

Rov Snvder Funds 32.20 

$1,108.81 

First Brethren Church, Covington 

General Fund $52.01 

Beaver Funds 9.64 

Burk Funds 4.00 

Foster Funds 9.64 

$75.29 

Bethany Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $25.95 

Englewood Grace Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $93.22 

First Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $5,394.49 

Africa General Fund . . . 7.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 5.00 

Beaver Funds 87.65 

Roy Snvder Funds 82.67 

$5,576.81 

North Riverdale Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $3,995.55 

Beaver Funds 49.90 

E. Miller Funds 2; 

- $4,070.45 

Patterson Park Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $645.90 

Burk Funds 10.00 

Cone Funds 19.00 

S674.90 

Brethren Chapel, Dryhill, Ky. 

Beaver Funds $30.00 

Sampleville Brethren Mission, 
West Alexandria 

General Fund $80.00 

Africa General Fund ... 2.", on 

Argentina General Fund 25.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 25.00 

France General Fund . . 10.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 10.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 10.00 

$185.00 

First Brethren Church, Sidney 

General Fund $132.18 

Grace Brethren Church, Troy 

General Fund $284.77 

Africa Special Funds . . . 15.00 

Burk Funds 8.00 

Cone Funds 17.00 

$324.77 



Southern Ohio District 



General Fund 
Beaver Funds 



$178.00 
10.00 



$188.00 



MISCELLANEOUS 



Honolulu. T. H $242 62 

National Miscellaneous 665.72 

National SMM 493.32 

National WMC 6.614.07 

National Youth Fellowship 822.15 

8.837.88 

Grace Chapel, Honolulu, Hawaii 

General Fund $242.62 

National Miscellaneous 

General Fund $235.00 

Africa General Fund ... 115.00 

Argentina General Fund 30.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 75.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 1.02 

Burk Funds 1.00 

Cochran Funds 70.00 

Cone Funds 20.00 

Dunning Funds 25.00 

M. Kennedy Funds 20.00 

Marshall Funds 10.00 

Mason Funds 53.70 

Rottler Funds 10.00 

$665.72 

National Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 

Education of Missionary Children $493.32 

National Women's Missionary Council 

General Fund — Missionary Resi- 
dence $643.11 

Africa Leper Fund 143.36 

Africa Special Funds . . . 2.414.78 
Hawaii General Fund . . 300.00 

Fogle Funds 333.82 

M. Kennedy Funds 900.00 

E. Mvers Funds 900.00 

Sickel Funds 950.00 

Wagner Funds 29.00 

$6,614.07 

Natio?ia! Youth Fellowship 

Brazil Special Funds ... $322.15 
France Special Funds . . 500.00 

$822.15 

Total Gifts to FMS $212,552.97 

Gifts for Work Outside the FMS. . 137.07 

Total 212.690.04 



Church Gifts Exceeding $3,000 

Long Beach. Calif. (First) ... $18,715.57 

Whittier. Calif. (First) 7.224.62 

Johnstown. Pa. (First) 7,011.00 

Winona Lake, Ind 6.470.36 

Inglewood. Calif 6.323.35 

North Long Beach. Calif 5.710.27 

Dayton. Ohio (First) 5.576.81 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First I .... 5,385.22 

Mansfield. Ohio (Grace) 5.317.51 

Norwalk, Calif 5.020.14 

Ashland, Ohio 4.995.44 

Philadelphia. Pa. (Third) ... 4.315.65 

Dayton. Ohio (N. Riverdale). 4,070.45 

Hagerstown. Md 3,918.25 

Wooster. Ohio 3.893.65 

Waterloo. Iowa 3,662.65 

Sunnyside, Wash 3,431.83 

Berne, Ind 3,209.57 

Ruth E. Reddick, Financial Secretary. 
Homer A. Kent, Treasurer. 



A GREAT BIG THANK YOU 



FROM 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 
Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions. Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



CORDOBA, ARGENTINA. Dr. C. 
F. Yoder passed away on Monday, 
Feb. 7. 

LOS ANGELES. CALIF. The new 
address of Rev. Howard Vulgamore 
is 1948 W. 81st St., Los Angeles 47, 
Calif. Please change Annual. 

BUENA VISTA, VA. Edward 
Lewis, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, will lead the song service at 
the Baptist church during the week 
of April 11. The morning services 
were broadcast over station WREL 
during the month of February. 

NEW YORK, N. Y. (RNS). The 
Bible Society Record, periodical of 
the American Bible Society, entered 
its 100th year of publication with 
the January 1955 issue. The issue, 
Vol. 100, No. 1, went to some 325,- 
000 readers all over the world. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. The ladies 
chorus of the Second Baptist Church 
recently presented a sacred concert 
as part of the evening service at the 
First Brethren Church. The offering 
for the evening was presented to 
that congregation (colored) for their 
current building fund. The Brethren 
Youth Fellowship entertained the 
young people of the Northern Ohio 
Brethren Youth Rally at a social 
time after the public service on Feb. 
25. Rev. and Mrs. Percy Crawford, 
with the King's College Quartet, 
were the leaders for the rally. Ken- 
neth Ashman is pastor. 

WINCHESTER, VA. The First 
Brethren Church is holding a Jew- 
ish Bible conference from March 6- 
9 with Dr. C. E. Phillips, president 
of the Hebrew Christian Fellowship, 
of Philadelphia, Pa., as the speaker. 
Paul E. Dick is pastor. 

INGLEWOOD, CALIF. The young 
people of the First Brethren Church 
are planning a retreat at Acorn 
Lodge March 25-27. Glenn O'Neal 
is pastor. 

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. Three Prot- 
estant pastors have introduced a 
new restaurant that features a 
Christian atmosphere. Although no 



attempt is made to evangelize the 
diners, a large picture of Christ 
hangs over the main service counter, 
plaques, with Biblical quotations are 
displayed about the walls, tracts are 
on the tables, and the juke box 
plays only religious recordings. Staff 
members are always ready to dis- 
cuss religion with any patron who 
wishes to do so. Community reaction 
has been favorable. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. The Commu- 
nity Brethren Church plans to ex- 
tend their present Christian day- 
school system to seven grades next 
fall. Ward Miller is pastor. 

DALLAS, CENTER, IOWA. The 
new address of Rev. Arthur D. 
Cashman is Box 64, Dallas Center, 
Iowa. Please change Annual. 




WINONA LAKE, IND. The Home 
Missions Council workshop will be 
held in the First Brethren Church of 
Fort Wayne, Ind., March 15-17 in- 
stead of Winona Lake as previously 
planned. Mark Malles is the pastor. 

SEATTLE, WASH. The following 
letter will speak for itself: "Dear 
Mr. Hammers: My name is Mike 
Terry. I am eight years old. I go to 
the First Brethren Church in Sun- 
nyside. Mr. Painter said you needed 
some money to help build a church. 
I have a hundred dollars in the bank 
that I am saving for college. I would 



like to lend it to you for 10 years. I 
gave my heart to Jesus and when I 
grow up I want to be a missionary 
or a preacher." 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. Dr. Billy 
Graham has written the Missionary 
Herald asking our people to pray for 
the all-Scotland crusade he will 
open March 21. "We believe that if 
hundreds of thousands of people all 
over the world will join in prayer, it 
could be the beginning of a genuine 
spiritual awakening," he writes. 

MEYERSDALE, PA. The Breth- 
ren church enjoyed the largest at- 
tendance at their prayer meeting in 
the history of this church on Feb. 9. 
H. Leslie Moore is pastor. 

SPECIAL. In next quarter's les- 
sons the Books of Proverbs, Eccle- 
siastes, and the Song of Solomon 
will be studied. Related material 
may be obtained at the Brethren 
Missionary Herald bookstore, such 
as "The Annotated Bible" (Vol. IV) 
(Gaebelein), $3; "Notes on Prov- 
erbs" (Ironside), $3.25; "Commen- 
taries on the Old Testament — Prov- 
erbs" (Vols. 1 and 2) (Keil and 
Delitzsch), $7; and "Song of Solo- 
mon" (Ironside), $1.75. 



Hfn fHemo riant 

Mrs. Nancy Rosetta K. Garber, 94, 
went to be with the Lord on Dec. 1. 
1954. She was a faithful member of 
the Brethren church in Leon, Iowa, 
for many years until she went to 
live with her daughter, Mrs. Wilma 
Myers, when she faithfully attended 
the Pleasant Grove Brethren Church 
in North English, Iowa. — Clarence 
H. Lackey, pastor. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 



Church 
La Verne, Calif. . 
Conemaugh, Pa.. 
Grafton, W. Va. . 
Ashland, Ohio. . . . 
Uniontown, Pa. . . 
Limestone, Tenn. 
Johnson City, 

Tenn 

Mansfield, Ohio 

(Second) 

Homerville, Ohio. 
Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) . 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Patterson P'k) 

Radford, Va 

Martinsburg, W. 

Va 

Osceola, Ind 



Date 
Mar. 20-Apr. 3., 
Mar. 20-Apr. 3.. 
Mar. 20-Apr. 3.. 
Mar. 22- Apr. 3.. 
Mar. 27-Apr. 10, 
Apr. 3-10 



Pastor 
Victor Meyers. . . . 
Stanley Hauser. . . 

Lee Crist 

Miles Taber 

Clyde Landrum. . 
Harold Arlington. 



Apr. 3-10 Dean Risser. 



Apr. 5-17. 
Apr. 6-10. 



Gene Witzky. . . 
Robert Holmes. 



Evangelist 
Bill Smith. 
Harold Etling. 
K. E. Richardson. 
Crusade Team 2. 
Dean Fetterhoff. 
Herbert Bess and 
John Whitcomb. 
Herbert Bess and 
John Whitcomb. 
Crusade Team 2. 
R'ym'nd Gingrich. 



Apr. 10-24 Ward Miller Crusade Team 1. 

Apr. 11-24 C. S. Zimmerman. Richard DeArmey. 

Apr. 18-May 1.. K. E. Richardson. Edward Lewis. 

Apr. 18-May 1.. Earle Peer L. L. Grubb. 

Apr. 19-May 1.. Scott Weaver Crusade Team 2. 



March 5, 7955 



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Qwe. Mitutei With tjaul Jlelali Zditai 



A WORLD PARLIAMENT 

The bleak ghostly shadow of the 
atomic age hovers over the entire 
world. Unregenerate man is con- 
vinced that another world war 
would result in the extinction of the 
human race, and that if mankind is 
to be preserved, a world parliament 
must be formed. It is apparent that 
man will never learn, for so soon he 
has forgotten the failures of the 
World Court, the League of Nations, 
and he is apparently blind to the 
apparent failure of the United Na- 
tions. Man is determined to bring 
in a millennial age. 

As a result of years of secret sci- 
entific study in nuclear and thermo- 
nuclear energy, man now faces a 
Frankenstein monster which seeks 
to break the nuclear chain and wipe 
civilization from the earth. This is 
an atomic age. 

With the atomic age has come new 
philosophical ideologies on the sub- 
ject of war, government, and inter- 
national relations. World statesmen 
now argue the need for a world par- 
liament which would be responsible 
for a world bank, establish a world 
army and navy, abolish all tariffs, 
encourage free world trade, instigate 
limited nationalism, and in coopera- 
tion with the religious leaders, es- 
tablish a world church. The latter 
would be in perfect agreement with 
the proposed program of the Nation- 
al Council of Churches. 

This entire program is the result 
of the atomic age which has sup- 
posedly caused man to realize that 
another "shooting" war is passe, be- 
cause if war ever breaks it would 
consummate in the dropping of A- 
and H-bombs, or the absolute de- 
struction of the human race. 

The supposed basis of a world 
parliament is fear. Man fears war 
because it would mean race suicide. 
Men must come to that place where 
they fear God, for the fear of God is 
the beginning of wisdom. A perfect 
love for God is the only solution to 
the problem of fear, for perfect love 
casteth out all fear. 

A world parliament is not the an- 
swer to the problems of our world. 
The only answer to every problem 
of man is to be found through a 



living faith in God's only begotten 
Son, Jesus Christ. When the world 
government is established, God's Son 
will establish it, and of that kingdom 
there shall be no end. 



WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN? 

In a leading denominational mag- 
azine the question was asked, "What 
do you mean by being a Christian?" 
The answer that followed was: 
"There are two sides to the answer. 
One is the ideal: what we are to be 
as Christians, as Christ men. The 
other is the decision, the devotion, 
the following after Christ. The plain 
fact is that we are Christians in the 
making. This was our Lord's word 
to men, 'Follow me and I will make 
you . . . .' They were to be disciples, 
learners. Paul puts it finely for the 
Philippians (ch. 3). Christ has made 
me his own, he says: 'I press on to 
make it my own.' 'Not that I have 
already obtained this or am already 
perfect . . . but one thing I do, for- 
getting what lies behind and strain- 
ing forward to what lies ahead, I 
press on toward the goal.' Here are 
two decisive matters: the decision 
by which a man becomes a Chris- 
tian: the onward movement by which 
he becomes ever more truly Chris- 
tian." 

This quotation speaks for itself. 
Such teaching is that of a blind 
leader leading the blind. To say that 
"we are Christians in the making" 
is to confound salvation with love 
and obedience, which is the fruit of 
salvation. An individual becomes a 
child of God when through faith in 
the death, burial, and resurrection 
of Jesus Christ he accepts Christ as 
personal Saviour. Lest one claim 
that faith is a work, it should be 
pointed out that faith is not the pro- 
curing cause of salvation, but rather 
faith is the instrumental cause. The 
procuring cause is God's Son, Jesus 
Christ, whom faith accepts. This 
completed, an individual is as much 
a Christian as he will ever be. To 
"press on" does not in any manner 
make one "more truly Christian." 

As a baby is born in the natural 
world, so an individual is "born 
again" in the spiritual realm. Any 



struggling of the new-born babe will 
not make him more alive, and nei- 
ther will "straining forward" in the 
spiritual realm make one any more 
Christian. We must be careful to 
discern between that which makes 
one a Christian, which is faith in the 
gospel message, and that which is 
the fruit of salvation, good works. 



THE TENT COMES DOWN 

Rev. Oral Roberts, a Pentecostal 
Holiness healing evangelist, set up a 
tent in Phoenix, Ariz., for a 10-day 
meeting, claiming that he had the 
power to heal as was done by the 
disciples of Christ. A number of 
ministers in the city of Phoenix 
placed an ad in the daily newspaper 
and signed their names stating that 
they would pay $1,000 if absolute 
evidence could be provided of "mi- 
raculous divine healing." Mr. Rob- 
erts declared publicly that "We can 
claim the reward any time. We've 
won it again and again" (News- 
week). The 10-day meeting was sud- 
denly shortened, the reward went 
unclaimed, and Roberts left town. 
See page 67 (Jan. 29, 1955) of the 
Missionary Herald for editorial com- 
ment. 



EXPANDED MINISTRY 

The aim and purpose of the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald is to serve 
our Lord and the Brethren Church. 
God has been good, and through the 
years continual progress has been 
made for His glory. Another step 
has now been taken, and the expan- 
sion program has resulted in the 
purchase of offset press equipment 
which will make it possible for more 
attractive literature to be produced 
at little additional cost, if any. 

The hosts of hell go to no end 
to produce attractive, alluring liter- 
ature that will damn the souls of 
men for eternity. We aim to do all 
within our power to frustrate Sa- 
tan's scheme through publishing the 
Good News of God's grace as attrac- 
tively as possible. 



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On May 22 in Wembley Stadium 
in London, Billy Graham preached 
to 120,000 people. This great crowd 
stood in the rain. Why? To listen 
to what Billy calls "a simple, 
straightforward message of the 
Gospel." 

The great fundamental doctrines 
of the Christian faith merit the 
same simple and straightforward 
treatment. The virgin birth of Jesus 
Christ is one of those doctrines. 

A FACT 

The first thing the Bible teaches 
about the virgin birth is that it is a 
jact. God's Word says Jesus was 
born of a virgin. That should settle 
the question once and forever for 
everyone. Regardless of what the 
so-called "higher critics" say, the 
Bible still stands. Jesus said, "Heav- 
en and earth shall pass away, but 
my words shall not pass away." 
Psalm 119:89 says, "For ever, O 
Lord, thy word is settled in heaven." 
It is settled in heaven and it should 
be settled in earth that Jesus was 
born of a virgin, because God's Word 
says so. Now let us read it. 

More than 700 years before Christ 
was born in Bethlehem, God fore- 
told this great event through His 
prophet, Isaiah. "Therefore the Lord 
himself shall give you a sign; Be- 
hold, a virgin shall conceive, and 
bear a son. and shall call his name 
Immanuei" (Isa. 7:14). Emmanuel 
was to be born of a virgin. This 
simply means that Jesus was to be 
born of a young woman who had 
never been touched by any man. 
Impossible, you say? With man, yes; 
but not with God. "For with God 
nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 
1:37). 

In the time that God determined. 
He sent forth His angel Gabriel 
"unto a city of Galilee, named Naza- 
reth, to a virgin espoused to a man 
whose name was Joseph, of the 
house of David; and the virgin's 
name was Mary." God's messenger 
made an astounding announcement 
to her. "Fear not, Mary: for thou 
hast found favour with God. And, 
behold, thou shalt conceive in thy 
womb, and bring forth a son, and 
shalt call his name JESUS." 

Mary was not married. She was a 
virgin. Therefore, she naturally 
asks, "How shall this be, seeing I 
know not a man?" Whereupon God's 
messenger explained that "The Holy 
Ghost shall come upon thee, and the 
power of the Highest shall over- 
shadow thee: therefore also that 
holy thing which shall be born of 



thee shall be called the Son of God." 
Notice carefully. He "shall be called 
the Son of God," not the son of 
Joseph. 

In the two genealogies of Jesus, 
God is careful to guard this fact. 
"And Jesus himself began to be 
about thirty years of age, being (as 
was supposed) the son of Joseph" 
(Luke 3:23). Men who did not know, 
supposed Jesus to be the son of 
Joseph. But that was only supposi- 
tion, and not fact. In Matthew, chap- 
ter 1, the genealogy reads, "Abra- 
ham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat 
Jacob;" and so on through 40 gen- 
erations to Jacob, who "begat Joseph 
the husband of Mary, of whom was 
born Jesus, who is called Christ." 
Again notice. The Bible does not 
say that Joseph begat Jesus as it 
does in all the others named in the 
genealogy. Joseph did not beget 
Jesus. He had nothing to do with the 
birth of Jesus. 

In order that no one be left in 
doubt about the virgin birth of 
Christ, God gives us added informa- 
tion in the last eight verses of Mat- 
thew 1. In these verses God con- 
vinced Joseph that Mary was still a 
virgin even though he found her 
with child. Joseph was assured that 
this was God's doings, "For that 
which is conceived in her is of the 
Holy Ghost" (Matt. 1:20). More than 
that. God convinced Joseph that her 
child would be a son — "and thou 
shalt call his name JESUS: for he 
shall save his people from their sins. 
Now all this was done, that it might 
be fulfilled which was spoken of the 
Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, 
a virgin shall be with child, and 
shall bring forth a son, and they 
shall call his name Emmanuel, which 
being interpreted is, God with us." 
By these eight verses (Matt. 1:18- 
25), God not only convinced Joseph 
of these things, but He also has con- 
vinced the entire world that these 



things are so. Those who refuse to 
believe are guilty of calling God a 
liar! 

WHY THE VIRGIN BIRTH? 

Another thing God's Word teaches 
about the virgin birth is that God 
had at least two very important rea- 
sons for it. One has to do with the 
nation of Israel, and the other has to 
do with the entire world. 

Concerning Israel, God had prom- 
ised that nation that He would raise 
up a king to sit upon the throne of 
David who would rule in righteous- 
ness forever. This king could not be 
of the seed of Joseph because of the 
curse God put upon his line prior to 
Judah's captivity in Babylon. Read 
it in Jeremiah 22:28-30. This man 
"Coniah" is the same man called 
"Jechonias" in Christ's genealogy in 
Matthew 1:12. However, this king 
must be of the seed of David to have 
legal right to the throne of David. 
Mary is a descendant of David 
through his son Nathan. Joseph is a 
descendant of David through his son 
Solomon. He became Mary's hus- 
band. The joining of these two in 
marriage put Jesus in line to become 
the only living heir to the throne. 
Jesus is the only one who can meet 
the legal requirements of the nation 
of Israel. He is the only one who 
meets the overall requirements of 
God. All of this was made possible 
through the virgin birth. 

Even though we look forward with 
joy to the time of Israel's kingdom 
blessings with their king upon the 
throne, it would seem to us that 
there is a more important reason for 
the virgin birth of Christ, if that is 
possible. If it is more important, it is 
because it has to do with the entire 
world. The world was condemned 
because of sin. The world needed a 
Saviour. According to God, there is 

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THE VIRGIN BIRTH 



BY 



GLEN WELBORN 

PASTOR, GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH 
ALBANY, OREGON 




March 5, 1955 



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THE PRAYING CHRIST 




"And it came to pass, that, as he 
was praying in a certain place, when 
he ceased, one of his disciples said 
unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as 
John also taught his disciples" (Luke 
11:1). 

It is noteworthy that we owe our 
knowledge of the prayers of Jesus 
principally to the Evangelist Luke. 
There is. of course, the record of the 
hour of His supplication in Geth- 
semane by Matthew and Mark, and 
then the great chapter in John's 
Gospel that records His priestly 
prayer. But in addition to these in- 
stances Matthew furnishes but one, 
Mark but two references to the sub- 
ject. All the others are found in 
Luke, the great book which points 
out to us His true manhood and in 
doing so emphasizes that precious 
indication of His humanity — His ha- 
bitual prayerfulness. 

Thinking of this, we see how pre- 
cious the prayers of Jesus are — 
bringing Him very near to us in His 
true manhood. We read many times 
of His true participation in physical 
needs and human emotion, but even 
more precious than these is the great 
evidence of His prayers, that He too 
lived a life of dependence, or com- 
munion, and of submission. 

Another point to think upon is 
that the highest, holiest life needs 
specific acts and times of prayers. 
We may well take the lesson which 



Christ's prayers teach us, for we all 
need it — no life is so high, so holy, so 
full of habitual communion with 
God that it can afford to do without 
the hour of prayer, the secret place, 
the uttered Word. 

Thus Christ's own prayers do, in 
a very real sense, "teach us to pray." 

The -praying Christ teaches us to 
pray as a rest after service. 

The Evangelist Mark gives to us a 
wonderful picture in the first chap- 
ter to express this very thought. 
Christ's first Sabbath Day of min- 
istry in Capernaum was crowded 
with work. He teaches in the syna- 
gogue; immediately after His teach- 
ing He heals a man with an unclean 
spirit: then at once He passes to 
Simon's house and, upon hearing of 
the sickness of Peter's mother-in- 
law, goes about to heal her. As soon 
as she is healed, the woman is serv- 
ing them. Then when evening came, 
he is besieged by a crowd full of 
sorrow and sickness, and all about 
the door they lie, waiting for Jesus 
to help them. His heart is touched, 
and He sets about to heal the pros- 
trate forms, continuing into the deep 
of the night. What a day it has been 
of hard toil! 

And what was His refreshment? 
An hour or two of slumber, and 
then, "in the morning, rising up a 
great while before day, he went out, 



BY RALPH S. BURNS 

PASTOR, FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH 

CLAY CITY, IND. 



and departed into a solitary place, 
and there prayed" (Mark 1:35). 

In the same way we find Him 
seeking the same repose after an- 
other period of much exertion and 
strain on body and mind. He had 
taken himself and His disciples away 
from the busy times which Mark 
describes: "There were many com- 
ing and going, and they had no lei- 
sure so much as to eat." So seeking 
a quiet place. He takes them across 
the lake for a quiet rest. But there 
was to be no rest for the Lord, for 
as they neared the other side a 
crowd met them and pleaded for the 
Lord to teach them. He throws away 
the purpose of rest and all day long 
"taught them many things." He real- 
izes their hunger and produces, by a 
miracle, enough food for the feeding 
of five thousand. He sends them 
away satisfied spiritually and phys- 
ically. He also sends His disciples 
away. "And when he had sent them 
away, he departed into a mountain 
to pray" (Mark 6:46). 

This was Christ's refreshment after 
toil. Let us imitate Him who turned 
from joys of contemplation to the 
joys of service but never forgot to 
have communion with His Father. 



The praying Christ teaches us to 
pray as a preparation for important 
steps. 

The Gospel of Luke tells us that 
on the eve of the great epoch of 
choosing the 12 disciples, "He went 
out into the mountain to pray, and 
continued all night in prayer to 
God" (Luke 6:12). Then, "when it 
was day," He calls to Him His disci- 
ples and chooses the 12. A similar 
instance occurs at a later period be- 
fore another great epoch in His 
course — the great confession made 
by Peter. Concerning it, too, we read 
in Luke 9:18 that it was preceded 
by prayer. 

Thus Christ teaches us how we 
may be helped in the things we do 
for Him if we will only take the 
time to pray before we plan, and 
take the counsel of God before we 
act. Bring your plans, your purposes 
to God's throne. Test them by pray- 

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JEALOUSY 



For Your Bookshelf 



BY BILL SMITH 



Jealousy is the green-eyed mon- 
ster that has wrecked so many lives. 
It creeps in unexpectedly and slays 
us before we know it. God says: 
"For jealousy is the rage of a man: 
therefore he will not spare in the 
day of vengeance" (Prov. 6:34). 

Jealousy can keep you in the val- 
ley of gloomy defeat. Jealousy and 
selfishness seem to go hand in hand. 
Many heroes of history were brave 
and stoical, but the moral and spir- 
itual beauty of unselfishness is little 
seen in them. A man may be nat- 
urally brave, industrious, or gener- 
ous, but not naturally unselfish. This 
springs from another source. It is of 
the new, the divine nature — the life 
imparted in receiving Christ by faith. 

Ambition, pride, eagerness for 
riches frequently induce men to be 
ruthless toward those who stand in 
the way of their cherished attain- 
ments. Such people often pass un- 
reproved, or are even applauded by 
the world, and their selfishness 
passes unnoticed. Purity, truth, and 
courage may be extolled apart from 
Christ, but true unselfishness is the 
mark of those who sincerely follow 
Christ. 

How to Recognize Jealousy 

1. If you continually tear another 
person down. 

2. If you minimize another's ac- 
complishments. 

3. If you ignore another's achieve- 
ments. 



How to Overcome Jealousy 

The Bible says: "Consider one an- 
other to provoke unto love and to 
good works" (Heb. 10:24). 

"Let nothing be done through 
strife or vainglory; but in lowliness 
of mind let each esteem other better 
than themselves. Look not every 
man on his own things, but every 
man also on the things of others. 
Let this mind be in you, which was 
also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:3-5). 

"Rejoice with them that do re- 
joice, and weep with them that 
weep. Be of the same mind one 
toward another" (Rom. 12:15-16). 

1. Watch for signs of jealousy 
such as criticism of others. Fit your 
ways with the plans of others, in- 
stead of working for your own 
pleasure or forcing your own way. 

2. Examine yourself and face the 
fact that you have a problem with 
jealousy. Suppress your own feel- 
ings, hide your own inconvenience, 
withhold complaint, leave out the 
tale of your trouble or ache when 
others are in trial. 

3. Pray regularly that your 
friends will be successful and give 
credit to others. Perform a service 
for others which may take you out 
of your usual routine, and do it 
cheerfully. 

4. Send telegrams and write let- 
ters to people who receive awards 
and recognition. 

5. Pray your way out of jealousy. 
The Lord will help you! 



THE VIRGIN BIRTH 



(Continued From Page 161) 

only one thing that will atone for 
sin. "For it is the blood that maketh 
an atonement for the soul" (Lev. 
17:11). "Without shedding of blood 
is no remission" (Heb. 9:22). 

What blood will suffice? "What 
can wash away my sin? Nothing but 
the blood of Jesus," wrote the song- 
writer. "For it is not possible that 
the blood of bulls and of goats 
should take away sins. Wherefore 
when he cometh into the world, he 
saith, Sacrifice and offering thou 
wouldest not, but a body hast thou 
prepared for me." When who came 
into the world? Christ! Who pre- 



pared a body for whom? God the 
Father through the eternal Spirit 
prepared a body of flesh and blood 
for the eternal Son. The method God 
used to prepare this body for His 
Son was through the virgin birth. It 
was God the Holy Spirit who pre- 
pared that body through the virgin, 
Mary. Christ could not live in a 
body that was conceived in sin. Had 
Joseph been His father, He would 
have been conceived in sin as was 
David who said: "Behold, I was 
shapen in iniquity; and in sin did 
my mother conceive me" (Ps. 51:5). 
And had this been true, Christ could 
not have made atonement for sin, 
and the world would be without a 
Saviour. 



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THE PRAYING CHRIST 

(Continued From Page 162) 

ing about them. Do nothing large or 
new, small or old before you've 
asked, "Lord, what wilt thou have 
me to do?" 

The praying Christ teaches us to 
pray as the preparation for sorrow- 
Here all the three Gospels tell us 
the same story. Jesus, though want- 
ing companionship in that awful 
hour, would take no man with Him 
there. He said, "Tarry ye here, while 
I go and pray yonder." But as we 
stand off we catch the voice of 
pleading rising through the stillness 
of night. The very spirit of all 
prayer is in these broken words. 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

1. Pray for the district mission- 
ary rallies now in progress and for 
all missionaries participating; these 
will continue on through the month 
of May. 

2. Pray for the public meetings 
which have begun in our new loca- 
tion in Lyon, France. Pray especially 
for another missionary family for 
France. 

3. Pray for at least four more 
missionary pastors for Africa. Pray 
for the native believers in Africa, 
that they may assume more and 
more responsibility and leadership 
in relation to the native church. 

4. Pray for the Christian day 
schools now in operation in Icoraci 
and Macapa, Brazil; pray for the 
teachers and for the missionaries 
who supervise; pray also for an- 
other missionary family for Brazil. 

5. Pray for the needed materials 
to put the finishing touches on the 
Argentine chapels at Rio Tercero 
and Corral de Bustos. Pray for the 
new locations to be chosen and the 
chapels to be built at Rio Cuarto, 
Don Bosco, and Jose Marmol. 

6. Pray for the missionaries work- 
ing at the three locations of our 
Mexico work — at Nuevo Laredo, 
Mexicali, and Tijuana. Pray espe- 
cially for Mexican leaders. 

7. Pray for the believers in Hon- 
olulu as they expand their work, 
and for suitable employment for 
Brother and Sister Tresise, who are 
self-supporting missionaries. 

8. Pray for an increase in for- 
eign-mission giving this year — an 
increase of $3 per member for every 
member of the Brethren Church. 
This will total the amount so ur- 
gently needed if we are, even in a 



limited way, to meet our foreign- 
mission needs for this year. 

MISSIONARY HERALD— 

1. Pray that the Lord might di- 
rect the board of trustees as they 
consider the many matters related to 
the new denominational office build- 
ing, and Missionary Herald Build- 
ing. 

2. Pray that wisdom might be 
given with regard to the expansion 
program of the publishing house, 
that the crowded conditions will not 
hinder the work. 

3. Pray that the Lord will guide 
as to the selection of an additional 
staff member who is adequately pre- 
pared in the field of offset printing. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

1. Pray for a number of people 
attending the Grace Brethren 
Church of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who 
are not members, that they might 
know the will of God in severing 
their relationship with apostate 
churches. 

2. Praise God for the evidence of 
spiritual growth in several new con- 
verts at Yakima, Wash. Pray that 
God will stir every member to be- 
come soul-winners for Him. 

3. Pray for growth in the devel- 
opment of the Second Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Mansfield, Ohio, and 
that a goal of 100 might be reached 
by Easter Sunday. 

4. Pray for growth in the lives of 
those who made decisions during the 
Crusade Team No. 2 meeting at 
York, Pa. Also pray for contacts 
made in the visitation program by 
the team. 

5. Pray that God might definitely 
reveal His will in the matter of the 
Gospel Truth radio program at Al- 
bany, Oreg., as the contract expires 
this month. 

GRACE SEMINARY— 

1. Praise God for the spirit of re- 
vival that swept Grace Seminary 
and College campus during the Jan- 
uary day of prayer. 

2. Praise the Lord for the way 
the school's financial needs have 



been supplied during the past sev- 
eral months. 

3. Praise God for the growing in- 
terest in the school as seen by the 
members of the faculty who recently 
visited our eastern churches. 

4. Pray for the hundreds of high- 
school seniors who, during the next 
few months, will be making deci- 
sions which will affect the whole 
course of their lives. 

5. Pray that the board of direc- 
tors and faculty may be given wis- 
dom as the school faces a necessary 
program of expansion. 

6. Pray that the Lord will lead 
many more of our people to partici- 
pate regularly in the school's month- 
ly finance plan. 

EVANGELIST CRUSADE— 

1. Praise the Lord for bringing 
into the Crusade ministry Grace 
Seminary Senior Dean Fetterhoff. 

2. Pray that the financial need 
for this revival-evangelism ministry 
will be met. 

3. Praise the Lord for many de- 
cisions which have been made in the 
various meetings. 

WMC (Supplied by East District)— 

1. Praise God for the mission- 
aries who represent us in Africa, 
South America, France, Hawaii, and 
for other open doors in foreign- 
missionary work. 

2. Praise Him for the "open 
doors" in our own distinct. 

3. Ask God to give us a burden 
for the lost souls in our own com- 
munities. 

SISTERHOOD— 

1. Pray that more girls may see 
the need in their own lives to mem- 
orize the Scripture suggested. 

2. Pray that many bandages may 
be rolled by the girls to aid our mis- 
sionaries. 

3. Pray that more of our girls 
may give their lives in full-time 
service for our Lord. 

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray that our young people 
may get a vision of the challenge of 
missionary work. 

2. Pray that their Sunday-eve- 
ning program material may train 
them for active Christian service. 

3. Pray that our youth may be 
kept from the current evils of the 
day, and given a testimony of the 
Lord's power to save and to keep. 



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The BRETHREN 




WMC NUMBER 



MARCH 12, 1955 










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OUR DAILY WALK IN WISDOM ON THE MISSION FIELD 



By Mrs. Freda Kliever 



"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you 
that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are 
called" (Eph. 4:1). 

Much has been said and written about the daily walk 
of the believer. No doubt most of you have read some 
of the many books which have been written on this sub- 
ject, but it will not hurt to again consider just a few 
thoughts on the matter of our daily walk in our work 
of giving forth the Word in a world that knows not 
wisdom. 

In order to walk in wisdom, we must first know what 
wisdom is. Webster's dictionary says that wisdom is 
the ability to judge soundly and deal sagaciously with 
facts, especially as they relate to life and conduct. 

This definition fits in very well with the subject at 
hand, but it is not sufficient to meet our needs on the 
mission field. God's Word plainly tells us that in our- 
selves we can do nothing (John 15:5). In ourselves we 
do not have the ability to make sound judgments and to 
deal sagaciously; that is, to be fair in judging men, 
motives, and means. 

Webster's definition may fall short of what we need, 
but God's Word gives us a definition of wisdom that is 
sufficient for our daily walk, be it on the mission field, 
in the homeland, or in our travels. 

In I Corinthians 1:24 we see that Christ is the power 
of God and the wisdom of God, and in verse 30 of the 
same chapter we read: "But of him are ye in Christ 
Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdoyn, and right- 
eousness, and sanctification, and redemption." If we are 
dead and our lives are hid with Christ in God (Col. 3:3), 
and if we know that Jesus Christ indwells us by faith 
(II Cor. 13:5), then we have the key to a daily walk in 
wisdom. 

To walk wisely, a missionary needs daily to examine 
his own life and conduct, and to be constantly judging 

OUR COVER PICTURE 

Our cover this month is given to WMC by the 
Foreign Missionary Society to launch our foreign- 
mission period during which our major offering will 
be taken to build the new residence in Brazil. The 
composite picture depicts scenes, people, and build- 
ings of our mission in Brazil. 



his motives and intents as he works with his fellow 
missionaries and with the people to whom he has been 
sent: but more than this, he must also be able to judge 
carefully and deal with facts as they relate to his fellow 
workers' attitudes toward him and toward the work 
which is their mutual responsibility. 

Missionaries need to be constantly on guard that then- 
conduct toward each other and toward the people with 
whom they work does not contradict what they preach 
and teach. It is not always easy to say with the Apostle 
Paul: "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of 
Christ" (I Cor. 11:1). We could do so if we would but 
follow the admonitions found in I Thessalonians 3. 
"Redeeming the time" (Eph. 5:16). 
Just because we cannot see time or handle it. we let 
it slip by unused or we waste it by doing useless things. 
How easy it is to settle down and create a little world of 
our own in which we feel our time is our own, forget- 
ting that it is one of the commodities that God has placed 
at our disposal to use wisely. We should budget our 
time just as carefully as we do our money in order that 
we can see where and how it is spent. 

If we use our time wisely, we will set apart a time for 
personal reading and study of the Word, meditation, 
and prayer. There will also be a time for family devo- 
tions, and a time when all the missionaries on the station 
meet for prayer each day. On the mission field, as in 
the homeland, all work and no play makes us dull, so 
we need to set apart a time for rest and relaxation. The 
time used in study, prayer, meditation, and recreation 
helps to fit us for the tasks that are ours each day. 

"It is required in stewards, that a man be found faith- 
ful" (I Cor. 4:2). 

Many of the things that we have on the mission field 
in the way of materials and equipment to carry on the 
work are provided for us by the gifts of God's people. 
These things are placed in our care, and it is our duty 
to use them carefully and maintain them wisely, so as 
to get the most service from them. 

"Set your affections on things above, not on things on 
the earth." (Col. 3:2). 

How we do need to exercise wisdom in regard to the 
things that we have on the mission field. All too often 
our things become a stumbling block to us, as well as 
to the natives round about us. When this is the case, we 



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Who's Who for March 




REV. ROY SNYDER 

Rev. Roy Snyder, author of the Bible 
study for the month, was born June 15, 
1922. the son of Rev. and Mrs. Sheldon W. 
Snyder, of Altoona. Pa. His father is pas- 
tor of the Yellow Creek Brethren Church. 
Roy accepted the Lord at the age of 12, 
and five years later gave himself to the 
Lord for Christian service. After graduat- 
ing from high school in 1940, he took some college work, 
but his studies were interrupted when he entered the 
armed service. He spent almost three years in military 
service, two of which were overseas. He was discharged 
in the spring of 1946 and entered Grace Seminary that 
fall. 

At Grace Seminary Roy met Miss Ruth Croker, a 
member of the First Brethren Church of Philadelphia, 
Pa. Ruth and Roy were married during the summer of 
1947, continued their studies together at Grace, and 
graduated together in May 1949. 

During their preparation days at Grace they were 
approved as missionaries for French Equatorial Africa. 
On September 24. 1949, they sailed for France, where 
they spent a year in language study before going on 
to Africa. 

Brother and Sister Snyder spent their first term of 
service in the Bouca-Batangafo field. They were sorely 
tested by repeated illness throughout their term. They 
returned on furlough late in 1953 and have now returned 
to Africa for their second term of service, working again 
in the Bouca-Batangafo field. 




MRS. JACK CHURCHILL 

Miriam Sickel Churchill was born in 
Huinca Renanco, Argentina, on February 
2, 1923. the second daughter of Dr. and 
Mrs. Clarence Sickel, Brethren mission- 
aries to that land. 

Miriam received most of her grammar- 
school education in Argentina, as well as 
a secretarial course. At an early age she 
came to know the Lord and to realize the great need of 
the people among whom her parents had been called 
to serve. 

When it was necessary for her to return to the United 
States for further study, she completed her high-school 
work at La Verne, Calif., and then went to Westmont 
College, graduating in 1944. 

At Westmont she met Jack Churchill, who became her 
husband on January 1, 1945. In the fall of 1946 Miriam 
and Jack went to Winona Lake, where he enrolled in 
the seminary to prepare for the Argentine field. They 
spent three years at the seminary, during which time 
their first son, Kenneth Paul, was born. 

After graduating from seminary the Churchills turned 
their eyes toward Argentina, the land of Miriam's birth 
and childhood. They began their service together there 
in November 1949. Their second son and first daughter 
were born during their term of service. 

The Churchills, together with Miriam's mother, Mrs. 
Loree Sickel, are now in California on furlough, and 
are preparing for the time when they can return to their 
work in Argentina. 



have no business sitting for hours looking at the "Wish 
Book," finding more things with which to clutter up our 
existence. It is so easy to surround oneself with the 
nice unnecessary things that soon take up a lot of time 
that should be spent in the work to which we are sent. 

'What? know ye not that your body is the temple of 
the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God. 
and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a 
price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your 
spirit, which are God's" (I Cor. 6:19-20). 

There are many reasons why a missionary needs to 
regard the care of his body as a first-line duty. God has 
chosen to carry on His work through the medium of a 
body presented to Him as a living sacrifice. Having pre- 
sented our bodies to God, we can no longer do with them 
as we please, but we must keep them fit for His service 
by whatever means and care we can exercise. 

As missionaries we have no right to place ourselves in 
places of known danger, or exposure, unless it is with 
the purpose of bringing the message of salvation to 
someone who would not be able to hear otherwise. 

The church has placed in us a big investment. By her 
gifts our outfits were furnished and the means for our 
support and travel were provided. She has placed her 
confidence in us; therefore it is our responsibility to use 
wisdom in all that we do, and in the use of all that is 
put at our disposal to do the work she has sent us to do, 
and in the care of those bodies in which we are to glo- 
rify God. 




The senior council at Winona Lake, Ind., lost their 
very efficient president in January when Rev. and Mrs. 
Arthur Cashman moved to the pastorate at Dallas Cen- 
ter, Iowa. The program chairman passed out little pro- 
grams at our January meeting on the front of which was 
a "down-at-the-mouth" lady (us) and on the other side 
a smiling lady (Dallas Center). Our loss is their gain 
and we are praying the Lord's richest blessing upon 
their work in Dallas Center. Mrs. Robert Ashman, for- 
mer national recording secretary, is our new local pres- 
ident. 

The Aleppo, Pa., council has been busy sending cloth- 
ing to the Navahos, furnishing stainless-steel tableware 
for their fellowship building, making aprons for the 
Kamp Keystone kitchen, etc. 

The councils at the Philadelphia, Pa., First and Third 
churches held a fellowship evening together at the 

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We are now halfway through our WMC year. Our 
home-mission project has been completed in a way that 
exceeded our fondest hopes. The quarter devoted to the 
Christian Education Offering has drawn to a close. We 
are trusting that every council has felt the deep respon- 
sibility for this vital offering and that when all reports 
are in we will have reached our $3,000 goal. 



And now we turn to our third major offering — foreign 
missions. We have as a project this year the building of 
a residence in Brazil. This residence will become the 
home of our newest missionary couple, Imogene and Bill 
Burk. This month's cover, as well as the following article 
by Miss Ruth Reddick. should stir each one of us to 
go "over the top"' once again in our missionary giving. 



WMC GIFTS 



HELP BUILD A MISSIONARY RESIDENCE 



"Icoraci is the most comfortable place on earth." This 
was the comment of Bro. Bill Burk after he and his fam- 
ily had been in Brazil for several months. The Burks — 
Bill, Imogene. Linda, and Arthur — arrived in Icoraci. 
Brazil, on August 17, 1954, to begin their first term of 
missionary service; they have been enthusiastic resi- 
dents ever since. The front cover of this Herald pictures 
scenes from the areas in Brazil where our missionaries 
are located. 

Before I get too engrossed in giving you a report of 
the advantages of living in Icoraci, it would be well to 
get to the main purpose of this article — to express a 
great big "thank you" to the National WMC for helping 
to make possible this home for the Burks. The 1955 
Foreign Mission Goal on the part of the National WMC 
is $2,500, to be used toward the erection of this mission- 
ary residence in Brazil, the total cost of which will be 
$5,000. 

As is usual, before Bill and Imogene could settle down 
to the business of learning the Portuguese language in 
order to give out the Gospel in that land, they had to 
find a place to live. They located a place where they 
could live temporarily until the new missionary resi- 
dence is completed, but day by day they are watching 



IP 







The Bill Burk family. 



By Ruth E. Reddick 



with eager eyes the progress in the erection of this 
building and planning for the day, perhaps by the end 
of April, when it will be "theirs" in that they will be 
the first missionaries to occupy it. (Just as soon as a 
picture can be secured of this new residence it will be 
used in one of the Heralds.) 

All women are interested in new houses and house 
plans — some more, some less — and I believe the mem- 
bers and friends of the WMC who are having a part in 
erecting this house will be interested in its location, the 
layout, and some minor details. 

The Location 

This new missionary residence will be located on the 
piece of property which has been owned by The Foreign 
Missionary Society for some time. Facing the street is 
the building which is a church and a residence. It is 
quite a large building and remodeling enabled it to be 
used adequately for the two purposes. The front part 
forms the present meeting place for the believers in 
Icoraci and the other part is the residence of the John 
Zielasko family. 

The new house is located at the back of the property 
and will overlook the Para River, a part of the great 
Amazon system. A quotation from one of Bill's letters 
will give you an idea of the beauty of the location — 
"Now that the land is cleared, everyone thrills at the 
location of the house. The sun sets directly across the 
river before our house, with the beauty being visible 
from the porch." 

Icoraci is growing; nice homes are being built by 
people from Belem; the value of the property is in- 
creasing. Our location overlooking the river seems to 
be ideal. In fact, the entire piece of property is in an 
ideal location in relation to working in the area and 
reaching the most people with the Gospel. 

The House 

The missionaries, planning together and pooling their 
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possible in relation to both expense and space, but have 
also kept in mind that the house should be comfortable, 
adequate, and one that will meet the needs of the family 
occupying it. The house faces west and the two rooms 
across the front will be the living room and the study. 
A semi-hallway will go right down the middle of the 
house, with the study, bathroom, and two bedrooms on 
one side and the living room, a bedroom, storeroom, 
dining room, and kitchen on the other side. 

There will be a porch or veranda two meters wide 
(about six feet) around the whole house with the same 
roof overhanging. There are big gables with vents for 
free passage of air. The floor will be 60 centimeters 
(about 21 3/5 inches) above the ground, which will per- 
mit free air movement and the necessary cleaning. Tile 
bricks are being used for the walls and the best wood 
for the floors. The house will have a red tile roof. The 
contractor has built many nice homes in the Icoraci area 
and owns several brick and tile factories. 

The Burks continually express praise to the Lord for 
sending them to minister to the spiritually needy people 
in Brazil. They are making excellent progress in acquir- 
ing the Portuguese language. Keep praying for them 
and for all of our work in Brazil. 



LETTERS FROM OUR WMC MISSIONARIES 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS— MAY 

Ajrica — 

Miss Grace Byron May 7 

Mission a Bassai, Bozoum via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Mary Hope Beaver May 7, 1946 

Bozoum via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Lois Irene Taber May 8, 1940 

Mission a Yaloke. Bossembele via Bangui. French Equatorial 
Africa. 

Alberta Mae Dunning May 11, 1949 

Bozoum via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Naomi Ruth Mason May 28, 1948 

Mission a Yaloke. Bossembele via Bangui. French Equatorial 
Africa. 

Argentina — 
Rita Dorene Hoyt May 18, 1944 

Calle 31, No. 33. Don Bosco. F.C.G.R.. Argentina. South America. 

Brazil — 

Rev. John Zielasko May 7 

Caixa Postal 861. Belem. Para, Brazil. 

France — 

Victor Fredrick Fogle May 1, 1949 

86 Chemin de Vassieux. Caluire et Cuire. Rhone, France. 

Mexico — 
Sharon Rachel Haag May 9, 1948 

439 Sunset Lane. San Ysidro. Calif., U. S. A. 
Kathryn Sue Howard May 29, 1948 

406 Mary Ave., Calexico. Calif., U. S. A. 

In the United States — 

Mrs. James B. Marshall May 25 

c/o Merritt Moore. New Vienna. Ohio. 

Rev. James B. Marshall May 28 

c/o Merritt Moore, New Vienna, Ohio. 

Donna Marie Kliever May 29, 1940 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



APRIL PROGRAM 

Bible Study — "Power of Christ's Resurrection." 
Mission Study — 'A Second-Term First-Termer." 



Bekoro, French Equatorial Africa. 
Dear Gladys: 

Your good letter reached me the 29th, but I'm afraid 
my answer may not reach you by the 25th of this month. 
More likely the 25th of next month. This time of the 
year is bad for our already poor mail system out here. 

This year has been an exceptionally heavy rainfall 
year. That means mudholes, gullies, and washed-out 
bridges, which make traveling impossible. Our mail 
was delayed last week because of washed-out bridges. 
We are never certain as to when the mail will arrive, 
even though it may not be due to rain or bad roads; 
oftentimes the trucks go bad and then they have to wait 
until they get word back to the office. There are no 
garages along the way. If you have a breakdown, you 
wait until someone comes along to see if you can get 
help somewhere. We are at least 150 miles from the 
nearest airmail post office. But I'll get it off in the next 
outgoing mail and hope and trust that it may make 
good connections. 

The news in your letter was really news to me. I had 
no word of it nor even thought of such a great honor to 
be bestowed on unworthy me. Words fail to tell how 
deep is my appreciation of this great kindness and ex- 
pression of love of our WMC. We praise the Lord con- 
tinually for the great work He has and is accomplishing 
through our WMC, and we will continue to pray more 
fervently for His continued blessings upon each member 
and their part in the work. 

The more I ponder over and think of this most unex- 
pected honor, it creates a greater desire and responsi- 
bility to yield myself more entirely to the work or will 
of the Lord. It is also going to be a great tonic "when 
burdens press and cares distress and the way grows 
weary and long." 

The Word tells us to rejoice in the Lord alway, and 
we do, more or less, but He also uses others to help us 
in encouraging and strengthening our hearts and hands. 
How we do praise the Lord for the many who so faith- 
fully remember us before the throne of grace contin- 
ually. 

Yesterday was our day to meet with our group of 
women here. We had a very good meeting and the 
women seem to be enjoying it very much. We have two 
meetings a month when possible. One thing we are 
stressing is personal work. Every time we meet we 
compare notes on how much personal work each one 
has done. Yesterday they reported some six or more 
that had accepted the Lord when they spoke to them. 
Others have spoken to different ones, but they still 
refuse to accept the Lord. One of the great hindrances 
is drinking. They think they can't live without their 
beer. The remarkable thing about this beer-drinking 
idea is that we have never made it a special subject or 
have stressed it at all. We try to keep before them the 
fact that they are to put their faith in the Lord, and He 
will take care of the rest. But like many all over the 
world, they just don't want to. 

But we press on, continuing to give forth the Word in 
season and out of season — and pray that the Lord may 
give the increase. Our Bible school here at Bekoro will 
end next week. We have had 46 students with their 



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wives and children. It has been a great work and often- 
times we do get weary in but not of the work. 

When school is out and the roads are better, we'll be 
able to visit the villages and help the students in their 
work there. We have a lot of extra meetings and work 
planned in between now and our conference. So we 
won't have to worry about time dragging along. 

This is the month for our quarterly financial report, 
so must get it finished and on its way too. Thanking you 
all again. 

Yours in Him. 

M. W. Kennedy. 



Nzoro, French Equatorial Africa. 
Dear Sister Lindower: 

I appreciated your letter so much. It is kind of you 
women to choose me as one of your missionaries this 
year. I am more of an antique in the mission than any- 
thing else, as I cannot work as fast as I used to. It keeps 
me busy all day long to do what I want to do. Our first 
class with the women is 5:30 a. m. They want to go to 
their gardens early and are too tired to have class in 
the late afternoon, so we have them at daybreak. We 
like it also, as we go to bed early and get up early here. 
Lois Miller and I teach the women, although another 
class of leper women is taught by a leper. 

Soon after class I go to the dispensary for several 
hours. I often have an hour or two before dinner to 
type translation or revise what has been translated. I 
am working in Romans now. Sometimes I spend a great 
deal of time trying to find the exact word, as was my 
experience yesterday searching for the words "ven- 
geance" and "jealousy." Translating is very interesting 
work and I like it. But it takes lots of time. 

My afternoons are spent with the translating work 
also. Sometimes we are interrupted by some patient or 
an accident, snakebites, burns, etc. Near us is a French- 
man putting in a new bridge with many workmen, and 
they send all their patients to us, day or night. When I 
hear their car coming at night, I know another patient 
has arrived. I have a very good native helper at the 
hospital. I thank the Lord for him. 

At 5 p. m. I have another class. The men have then- 
classes then at the chapel. But those learning to write 
come to me on my veranda. 

We have a leper village near us; about 138 lepers are 
treated every day. The village is growing. Most of them 
have accepted the Gospel since coming, and their fam- 
ilies also. 

The Christians are cutting stones to build a new 
church this dry season. The carpenters are to saw the 
wood. I sent for a bell for them. They made some bricks 
but will make some more after the rains are over. The 
stones are for the foundation. The roof will be of grass. 
The women will gather that in about a month, when it 
is dry. 

A month ago I started a WMC for the women here. 
We have about 20. I hope to have more. They are very 
timid at first, but I can get them to talk by asking ques- 
tions after the lesson is taught. I am teaching "The Life 
of Christ." We have only met twice. 

Our station Bible school just closed for this year, but 
most of the women are staying on instead of going back 
to their villages. This is because their cotton is not yet 
picked. Thus our classes for women continue. 

On Sundays we have about 400 people, but it is in- 
creasing. We thank the Lord for what He has done in 
this part of the field. And we are expecting more from 



WELCOME TO OUR NEW 
COUNCILS 



We take time and opportunity this month to welcome 
into our WMC family several new councils. We are so 
happy to see the work of WMC growing through in- 
creased membership in established councils and through 
the forming of new councils. 

Your editor has checked with the national secretary 
in an attempt to get an accurate and complete list of the 
new councils that have been organized since National 
Conference. We realize that there is possibility of some 
mistakes, so we are asking that if there are any newly 
organized councils not included in the following list, the 
secretary send word to us immediately. We honor in this 
Herald the following councils: 



Juniata Junior. Altoona, Pa. 

Ozark, Mich. 

Washington Heights Senior, 

Roanoke, Va. 
Second Brethren, Mansfield, 

Ohio. 



Wheaton. 111. 
Listie, Pa. (Junior). 
Salem, Va. 
Covington, Ohio. 
Laboratory, Pa. 
West Covina, Calif. 



We welcome each of you ladies into our WMC fellow- 
ship. We know that God has singularly used the women 
of the Brethren Church in the strengthening of the local 
churches, the expansion of missionary enterprises at 
home and abroad, and the carrying of the Gospel to the 
far corners of the earth. Each new council, each new 
member means just that much more we can accomplish 
for our Lord. May you each one feel that you truly 
belong because we extend to you not only a deep wel- 
come but also our pledge of prayer support from day 
to day. May we as Christian women be truly "meet for 
the Master's use." 



WMC OFFICIARY 

President — Mrs. Kenneth Ashman. 205 Ihrig Ave.. Wooster, Ohio. 
Vice President — Mrs. Miles Taber. 314 Dorchester St.. Ashland. Ohio. 
Recording Secretary — Mrs. Lester Pifer. Box 195, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Assistant Secretary — Mrs. Adam Eager. 21715 S. Norwalk Blvd.. 

Artesia. Calif. 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. Chester McCall. 3421 W. 82d PI., 

Inglewood. Calif. 
Literature Secretary — Mrs. Jesse Deloe. Box 251, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Editor — Mrs. Ben Hamilton. Box 701. Winona Lake. Ind. 
Prayer Chairman — Miss Mary Emmert, Dallas Center. Iowa. 
Patroness of SMM — Mrs. Arnold Kriegbaum. Box 14. Winona Lake. 

Ind. 



Him. We know your prayers and ours will be answered. 
The children's church that Lois Miller has on Sunday 
numbers about 100 to 140. I believe it also will grow now 
since the people are moving back to the village. Many 
slept out near the gardens. The cotton fields are about 
laid by. 

We pray for you women and know you love the Lord 
and His work. As the natives would express it, "You will 
have a large granary in heaven." That means you will 
be rich. May God continue to keep, bless, and use you 
all in His work. 

Sincerely, 

Estella Myers. 

(We are indebted to Gladys Lindower, Northern Ohio 
District president, for the above letters. — Ed.) 



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SISTERHOOD THEME- 1954 ~ 1955 





TUT! TUT! NO SIDESHOWS (colossians 3:5) 



By AVA SCHNITTJER 



(Scri-pture: Colossians 3:12-17). 

MARY: Did you ever start on a journey anywhere 
that there weren't bypaths along the way that tempted 
you to leave the main road and follow to see where 
they lead? 

JANE: I guess we've all had that experience. And 
sometimes on a trip the little bypaths are pleasant and 
harmless, though they do delay reaching the goal. 

ELLEN: But in our walk with Christ, though we may 
see bypaths, things that might look desirable and that 
might tempt us from our path, they are not for us, and 
we should shun them completely and stay in the Way. 

LOUISE: My mother is always saying a Christian 
shouldn't do this and shouldn't do that. I'd like to find 




1. ANNIVERSARY MONTH— Yes: we're celebrat- 
ing our 42d anniversary in Sisterhood this month. Don't 
forget our Birthday Project — the Higher Education of 
Missionaries' Children. Our goal for this project is $500. 
I'm confident that with the Lord's help we can go over 
this goal. What about you? Be sure and send this offer- 
ing into the national treasurer by May 10. 

2. BANDAGES FOR AFRICA— Are you doing your 
part to reach the lost ones in Africa for Christ by rolling 
your bandages? This is a wonderful opportunity to man- 
ifest your love to the heathen in Africa for what Jesus 
has done for you. Each girl is responsible for rolling 10 
bandages, but after you realize what a blessing this can 
be to you as well as others, I'm sure this will be a small 
number to roll. 

3. ARE YOU FLUNKING? In school if we aren't 
faithful in our studies, we flunk. This is even more true 
in our Christian life in the study and memorization of 
God's Word. This means that we should especially be 
faithful in our quiet time each day — yes; and in the 
memorization of Colossians. too. How far are you? Our 
desire is that each girl will be promoted in Christian 
growth and no one will flunk or be retarded in God's 
education for her. 



out why you shouldn't, and what you shouldn't, and 
how you're going to keep from it, and what will happen 
if you don't. 

ALICE: As someone has said, "That's a big order." 
Where shall we start? 

MARY: I think we should answer her questions in 
order. First she asked why, as a Christian, she should or 
shouldn't do certain things. 

ELLEN: I think the first verse of this chapter gives 
an answer to that. "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek 
those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on 
the right hand of God" (Col. 3:1). Ephesians 2:6 shows, 
too, the position Christ has given us: "And hath raised 
us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly 
places in Christ Jesus." If we believe we really have 
such a position, we shouldn't act as if we didn't have it, 
as if we belong only to the earth. 

JANE: If we are "crucified with Christ" and "Christ 
liveth in [us]," then we can't do things that Christ him- 
self wouldn't do. When we do, it's just like nailing Him 
to the cross all over again. 

LOUISE: And we know that when we received Christ, 
we did deny ourselves and "Ye are dead, and your life 
is hid with Christ in God" (Col. 3:3). 

MARY: It appears that we have plenty of reasons for 
avoiding sideshows. Now, the next question was what 
we should avoid. 

JANE: And that is included in our key verse for this 
lesson, which names some very terrible sins. I found out 
something that this verse doesn't mean, too. It says, 
"Mortify therefore your members which are upon the 
earth." Some think that means to undergo great priva- 
tion as certain religious leaders do in heathen countries. 
What it really means is to slay sin in your life. If Christ 
is really living in you, then anything is sin which robs 
you of His fellowship and blessing. Paul names the sins 
here which the Colossians were guilty of. And they are 
sins that still occur when people indulge in the desires 
of the flesh. He does name first a terrible sin. Then the 
ones which follow are the wrong desires in the heart, 
wicked imaginings, and wicked thoughts are always the 
beginnings of wicked deeds. 

LOUISE: Do you mean that even to think of some- 
thing evil is wrong? 

ALICE: How can you help it if a thought that isn't 
good comes into your mind? 

ELLEN: Perhaps you can't help it if thoughts come 
into your mind, but they don't need to stay there. 

LOUISE: And how do you keep evil thoughts out? 

MARY: To put evil thoughts out requires putting 
something in their place. "Set your affections on things 
above, not on things on the earth" (Col. 3:2). 

JANE: If we want anything at all more than Christ, 



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then that thing becomes a sort of god and, as our verse 
says, we are really practicing idolatry. 

ALICE: And the result of these sins — of doing what 
God's Word forbids — is that the "wrath of God cometh 
on the children of disobedience" (vs. 6). 

ELLEN: This part of the Book of Colossians makes 
me think of a story I heard about an eagle that was fly- 
ing around looking for food. Spying a little rabbit float- 
ing downstream on a piece of ice toward Niagara Falls, 
the eagle dived smoothly down and pounced upon him. 
There he crouched on the ice, gorging himself on the 
little animal. The roar of the falls grew louder as the 
ice floe neared the brink, but the greedy eagle, inter- 
ested only in his own flesh, stood there, his great claws 
sinking down into the ice, eating a little longer and a 
little longer, thinking he would fly up as he reached the 
falls. At last the piece of ice reached the very edge of 
the falls and as it started to slide over, the roar was 
deafening; the eagle spread his wings to fly away. But 
in sitting too long indulging his appetite, his feet had 
frozen to the ice. He couldn't pull out. His feet were 
"set" on things on earth, and in a moment he was dashed 
to destruction on the rocks below. 

MARY: How awful! And sin is even more dangerous. 
Christ's profession and His life were in perfect agree- 
ment, and that is the standard He has for us: purity of 
heart and deed. 

LOUISE: I believe I'll understand a little better the 
next time my Mom says, "No, Louise." I'd like to hear 
again the things we should do according to the Scripture 
we read at the beginning, Colossians 3:12-17. 



LIKE HIM 



By MRS. JAMES DIXON 



PROGRAM GUIDE FOR APRIL 

BIRTHDAY MONTH 

THEME SONG— "Footprints of Jesus." Have a girl lead 
in an opening word of prayer. 

CHORUS TIME — Sing unto the Lord. Learn new songs; 
especially sing those dealing with walking with the 
Lord. 

THE CHRISTIAN'S ROADMAP— For a time of fellow- 
ship with the Lord, look into His Word, for it is here 
where we receive our orders for our daily walk. 

DEVOTIONAL TIME— Seniors study "Tut! Tut! No 
Sideshows." Middlers studv "Like Him." 

TESTIMONY TIME— "Let the redeemed of the Lord 
say so." Have the girls tell what the Lord means to 
them and how Sisterhood has been a blessing to them 
in their Christian life. 

LEARNING THE PAST— Have someone review "The 
History of the Brethren Church." If you haven't been 
keeping up on them, give a review of the past issues. 

BENEDICTION— Sing the last stanza of "Footprints of 
Jesus," and repeat the SMM Benediction. 

SMM BUSINESS MEETING— Have reports from all 
the officers and committees. This will keep them all 
on their toes! Go over the goals and see if you are 
working on them. Remember, Sisterhood isn't only for 
the officers, but for each individual girl! 



NATIONAL TREASURER'S REPORT 

As of January 26, 1955, the following was in the treas- 
ury: General Fund, $354.72; Project, $74.50; General 
Fund. SOS call, $71.23; total January offering, $611.35. 



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In our Bible studies we have learned that we cannot 
"walk worthy of the Lord," nor please Him. if sin is 
present in our lives. 

The Father said of the Son, "This is my beloved Son, 
in whom I am well pleased." We must be like the Lord 
Jesus Christ if we would be pleasing to God. 

To be a Christian means that one has received the 
Lord Jesus Christ, and he is being renewed in the image 
of God. 

Last month we studied the compassion of Christ and 
were challenged to a life of compassion and selfless de- 
votion to those in need. 

This month we will study the kindness, humbleness 
of mind, meekness, and longsuffering of Christ and 
allow His nature to work itself out in our lives. 

We know the kindness of God. He did not deal with 
us after our sins. While we were yet enemies of Christ, 
He died for us. He does not deal with us harshly, but 
gently and kindly. 

Kindness is the opposite of malice. "Malice" is an evil 
desire to injure another. Kindness is a desire to do 
good for others. Let us be kind as He is kind. 

Let us also learn "humbleness of mind" from our Sav- 
iour (Phil. 2:3-8). Though Christ existed throughout 
eternity as God, He laid aside His glory and made him- 
self of no reputation, finally to be crucified between two 
thieves on Calvary. The unsaved person spends all his 
energy exalting himself, endeavoring to be popular and 
important. Let us not seek our own, but the glory of 
Christ. Never forget that pride is of the Devil, not of 
Christ. 

We can learn meekness from Him also. When He was 
falsely accused and reviled, He answered not a word. 
We must learn it is not necessary to defend ourselves 
but to take wrong, and not answer again, that we might 
be like Him. 

Longsuffering is patience. Think how patient God is 
with us. He did not blot out Adam when he sinned. 
Think of all the wickedness in the world, and yet He 
was not willing that any should perish, but that all 
should come to repentance. What if God's patience had 
run out before you were saved? Where would you be? 
Thank God for His longsuffering with us. 

"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, 
because his compassions fail not. They are new every 
morning: great is thy faithfulness (Lam. 3:22-23). 

Let us pray every morning that we might be like our 
Lord in compassion, kindness, humbleness, meekness, 
and longsuffering. Let us confess every failure to Him 
and renew our prayer "to be like Him." 

"Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me, 
All His wonderful passion and purity, 
Oh, Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine. 
Till the beauty of Jesus be found in me." 

1. Think of everyday situations where you could 
show kindness. 

2. Is it natural to be humble? 

3. Is being "bashful" being humble? 

4. Is it necessary to "run yourself down" to be hum- 
ble? Did Jesus ever "run himself down"? 

5. Have you ever been hurt when you were falsely 
accused? 

6. Do we sometimes need to be longsuffering with 
our parents? with our brothers and sisters? 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



HISTORY OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH— VIH 



How did our denomination, the Brethren Church, be- 
come a separate group? The difficulties in the church 
began about 30 years before the actual split took place. 
Some of these differences were mentioned last month. 
The division came about when the Annual Meeting, 
which was the national conference, passed rules and 
regulations which controlled men and churches. These 
rules and regulations were wholly of men and certainly 
not of God. 

This caused much dissatisfaction, especially as it had 
to do with the kind of clothing the members could wear. 
The result was that in 1882, through the expulsion of 
some and the secession of others, there came into exist- 
ence a progressive minority that wished to return to 
the original spiritual and evangelical position of the 
Brethren. This minority group called for its first con- 
vention by passing the following resolution in a meeting 
held at Schoolhouse No. 7, Jackson Township, Elkhart 
County. Indiana, June 1, 1882: 

"Resolved, That we recommend a convention of all 
those favorable to restoring the church to its primitive 
purity, at which time it shall be decided what course 
shall be pursued for the time; 

"We, your committee, therefore have appointed said 
convention to be held at Ashland, Ohio, June 29, 1882. 

"It was further decided that our motto shall be, 'The 
Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible,' and 
all who are in harmony with this sentiment are cordially 
invited to be present." 

At this convention held in the college building at Ash- 
land. Ohio, a "Declaration of Principles'' was passed 
(Holsinger's "History of the Tunkers and the Brethren 
Church," pp. 530-535). Here is a brief quotation taken 
from this declaration: 

"We hold that in religion the gospel of Christ, and 
the gospel alone, is a sufficient rule of faith and practice; 
that he who adds to the gospel, takes from it, or in any 
way binds upon men anything different from the gospel 
is an indel to the Author of Christianity and a usurper 
of gospel rights .... 

"We therefore reaffirm the primitive doctrines of the 



PRAYER REQUESTS 

Pray for the newly or- 
ganized Sisterhoods a 1 1 
over the land, and pray 
that an SMM will be start- 
ed in each of our churches. 

Pray for Myra Joy Con- 
ner, national president, 
who has recently been ill. 
Pray that she might have 
strength to carry on her 
school work and the re- 
sponsibilities of Sisterhood. 

Pray for the SMM's in 
foreign lands, for they are 
our sisters in Christ and 
also need our prayers. 

Pray for the young peo- 
ple in colleges preparing 
for the service of the Lord. Also pray that the Lord will 
definitely lead the graduating students of high schools 
into Christian colleges. 




By REV. GERALD POLMAN 

church, and disavow' allegiance to all such derogatory 
and subversive ecclesiastical mandates, and declare our 
intention to administer the government of the church as 
in the days of the apostles and our faithful brother- 
hood .... 

"We thus renounce mandatory legislation, creeds, and 
everything that may be construed to holding anything as 
essential to salvation, except the gospel of Christ (Rom. 
1:16), and thus declare ourselves as being the only true 
conservators and perpetuators of the brotherhood and 
its original doctrines and principles, and are, therefore, 
the original and true church .... 

"The members in all our churches who accept the 
gospel of Christ as the only law in religion, shall be 
entitled to representation in our conferences, whenever 
held." 

Then the following year (1883) those who held to this 
"Declaration of Principles" met in a national conference 
at Dayton, Ohio, on the morning of June 6, and formally 
organized the Brethren Church, adopting as its only 
creed. "The Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the 
Bible." The whole movement was a rousing protest 
against the ecclesiastical domination of the Annual 
Meeting and a reaffirmation of the absolute sovereignty 
of each local congregation. 



VISITING SISTERHOODS 



The Johnson City, Tenn., senior SMM gave a mother- 
and daughter banquet in October. There were 33 pres- 
ent, and all enjoyed a good time. 

From Clay City, Ind., SMM comes a different idea. 
Instead of having only the Sisterhood girls bring a toy to 
give to children who would not have a Christmas, the 
girls decided to ask all the church members to bring a 
toy. This increased the amount of toys greatly. 

The senior group in Rittman, Ohio, has been doing 
some interesting things. "Secret Sisters" have added to 
the yearly program, in which the girls are remembered 
by their secret sister on birthdays, holidays, etc. All took 
part in a Sunday-evening opening service, at which all 
goals were given, awards were shown, and the theme 
song was sung. The preacher then gave an interesting 
message on "Footprints of Jesus." This group was host 
to a district youth rally recently. 

Again we would like to encourage you local groups 
to send a news item to the general secretary. Make it 
an interesting one, something a bit different. You may 
have sent in an item in the past which was not printed 
in the Herald SMM pages. The reason for that is that we 
choose only those items of greatest interest for publica- 
tion. Let's get busy and have different meetings that you 
can write about. 



SMM OFFICERS 

President — Myra Joy Conner. Bryan University. Dayton. Tenn. 

Vice President — Amy Lou Bracker. Winona Lake, Ind. 

General Secretary— Nancy Weber. 835 Spruce St.. Hagerstown. Md. 

Treasurer— Mary Hooks. Box 262, Winona Lake. Ind. 

I iterature Secretary — Carole Sue Quartz. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Bondage Secretary— Marie Sackett. 1010 Randolph St., Waterloo, 
Iowa. 

Patroness— Mrs. Arnold Kriegbaum, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Assistant Patroness— Mrs. Leslie Moore. 112 Beachley St.. Meyers- 
dale. Pa. 



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Meet the Missionaries' Children Partially Supported by the 

Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 




c. 




ANNE CELESTE KLIEVER 

-is 18 years of age and a freshman 
at Grace College, Winona Lake, 
hid. 



DONALD SHELDON 

-also 18 years old and a Freshman 
in Westmont College, Santa Bar- 
bara, Calif. 




MARGUERITE TABER 

-will be 24 this coming April and is 
in her first year (junior) in Grace 
Theological Seminary. 



NEWSNATCHES 

(Continued From Page 167) 

regular November meeting, with the Philadelphia Third 
ladies entertaining. 

The Harrah, Wash., council has been busy for the 
Lord. One of their projects was the canning of 115 
quarts of tomatoes for the Front Street Mission of 
Yakima. 

The ladies of Martinsburg. W. Va., brought cheer to 
the children of the Navaho Mission by sending an 
electric mixer, 30 wool-lined quilts, and nine dressed 
dolls to the school. 

The Jr. WMC of Rittman. Ohio, sent 30 Little Golden 
Books to the Navaho Mission recently. 

The women of the Taos, N. Mex., WMC have been 
busy making quilts, aprons, and baby clothes. One of 
their fall social events was a Halloween party with the 
Sisterhood girls. 

The following news item from the Jr. WMC of Wash- 
ington, D. C, is reported in full as a possible suggestion 
to other councils: "In May we sponsored a 'Family 
Week' at the church. We did this to help meet our na- 
tional objective of 'a family altar in every home.' On 
Sunday we sat together in families. The pastor's sermon 
was on the 'Christian Family.' The Jr. WMC purchased 
booklets on 'Family Bible Reading' and tracts on family 
worship. We gave these to every family in the church. 
Our Sunday-evening Coffee Hour discussion was on 
"Family Altar Problems and Questions.' In the evening 
service the film 'The Bible on the Table' was shown; 
also several skits of typical family-altar situations were 
put on by families of our congregation. 

"Tuesday night was 'Visitation Night.' Each family 
was urged to invite into their homes another family of 
the church whom they had never entertained. Wednes- 
day night was 'Family Night at Prayer Meeting.' Friday 
night we joined the Sr. WMC for our Mother-Daughter 
Banquet. This was served by the men's fellowship. Our 
theme for the banquet was our mission in Taos, N. Mex. 
Our ladies prepared a most delicious Spanish dinner 
from recipes graciously sent to us by Beth Horney. 
Brother Horney also sent us many lovely decorations 




Let's get busy on the National Project for the dispen- 
sary and microscope for Africa. Time is marching on! 
There are only a few more months left. Let's go over 
our goal of $1,800. 



for our tables. They sent us some pinto and horse nuts 
which we served in miniature straw sombreros. Our 
speaker was a lady with a remarkable doll collection. 
She brought many Latin-American dolls and spoke 
briefly on the customs of the countries from which each 
doll came. We had a very interesting program prepared 
by the Sr. WMC which included colored slides of the 
work in New Mexico. 

"We believe 'Family Week' was very profitable and 
many new family altars were established. We plan to 
sponsor a similar week every year." 

These two very worthwhile activities were gleaned 
from a report from North English, Iowa. The ladies draw 
names of missionaries and are responsible for sending 
birthday greetings to them. One highlight of their 
Mother's Day program was having each woman present 
tell something interesting about her own mother. 



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MISSIONARY 



HERALD 



The BRETHREN 

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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



ROANOKE. VA. The Clearbrook 
Brethren Church, William E. How- 
ard pastor, has voted to remodel the 
interior of the church auditorium. 
Dr. Bernard Schneider, of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio, is 
holding revival meetings through 
March 18. Both Mr. and Mrs. How- 
ard were saved under the ministry 
of Dr. Schneider while he pastored 
the First Brethren Church at Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

KITTANNING. PA. Prayer is re- 
quested for the continued recovery 
of Donald W. Rossman, pastor of 
the North Buffalo Brethren Church. 
He has been suffering from virus 
pneumonia. 

PORTLAND, OREG. Rev. Vernon 
Harris was the master of ceremonies 
at the Wheaton alumni Washington 
banquet Friday, Feb. 18, at Western 
Baptist Seminary. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. Rev. and 
Mrs. James Dixon opened the par- 
sonage to the young adults at a 
"Coffee Hour Pounding" party on 
Monday, Feb. 21, which was unique 
in that each one was requested to 
bring a "pound" of something for 
the refreshments. 

PARKERSBURG, W. VA. Mem- 
bers of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Lester Smitley pastor, have pur- 
chased lots for a church building. 
The Brethren Construction Com- 
pany will begin building as soon as 
they are finished with the Wheaton, 
111., church. This project is jointly 
under the direction of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council and the East 
District Mission Board. 

LEAMERSVILLE, PA. The mem- 
bers of the Brethren church recent- 
ly surprised their pastor, Robert 
Crees, with two tires and tubes and 
money for a briefcase. Mrs. Crees 
was given a surprise birthday party 
and presented with many lovely 
gifts as well. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. At the bus- 
iness meeting Feb. 16 a recommen- 
dation was adopted to employ an 



assistant to the pastor. A committee 
was appointed to recommend a suit- 
able choice as a candidate for this 
office. Dr. W. A. Ogden is pastor. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. William 
Male, a senior at Grace Seminary, 
has accepted the unanimous call to 
be the pastor of the First Brethren 
Church. 

BEAUMONT, CALIF. The River- 
side County Christian Endeavor 
Convention was held at the Cherry 
Valley Brethren Church, of which 
Gene Farrell is the pastor, Feb. 25- 
27. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. The Bi- 
ble Institute of Los Angeles, which 
has been housed at the Church of 
the Open Door since its founding in 
1908, plans to move to a new 50-acre 
campus site near La Mirada, Calif., 
in the near future. 

TEMPLE CITY, CALIF. On Feb. 
28 the Temple City Brethren Church 
completed one year of ministry in 
their new building. John Aeby is 
pastor. 




BELLFLOWER, CALIF. Nine 
churches: Paramount, South Gate, 
Compton, North Long Beach, Seal 
Beach, Stearns Street, Norwalk, Ar- 
tesia, participated in the teacher- 
training course held at the First 
Brethren Church under the instruc- 
tion of the National Sunday school 
director, Harold Etling the week of 
Feb. 21. Much blessing was reported. 
Curtis Mitchell is the pastor. 

PORTLAND, OREG. Two special 
sessions of the Northwest Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches will be 
held here during the week of the 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches. The exact dates will be 
announced later. 

PARAMOUNT, CALIF. The new 
high-school building of the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, is 
at the "plaster-stucco" stage. This 
dual-purpose building is used by the 
Brethren High School and also by 
the Paramount Brethren Church, of 
which John Mayes is pastor. The 
building has an auditorium seating 
570, and a cafeteria that can care for 
150. There are 6 classrooms, each 



with a capacity of 45. The First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach now 
has a total of 243 children enrolled 
in the grade school and 267 in the 
high school. The annual operating 
budget of these schools is $100,000, 
and the property is valued at one- 
quarter of a million dollars. Dr. C. 
W. Mayes is pastor. 

CHEYENNE, WYO. The Grace 
Brethren Church has purchased new 
lots at the corner of Forest and Wal- 
nut Drives. The property borders 
U. S. 30 opposite radio station 
KFBC-TV. The present property is 
to be sold and the new building 
started this summer. The average 
attendance during 1953 was 26, and 
the average attendance during Jan- 
uary 1955 was 57, with record at- 
tendance on Feb. 6 of 81. Russell 
Williams is pastor. Nine teachers of 
the Bible school were awarded 
teacher's certificates by the Nation- 
al Sunday School Board. 

CHICO, CALIF. Dr. John B. Gra- 
ber, pastor of the Immanuel Men- 
nonite Church, Downey, Calif., and 
instructor of English Bible at the 
Bible Institute of Los Angeles, was 
special speaker at the home-mission 
workshop conducted here Feb. 15-17 
under the leadership of Dr. L. L. 
Grubb. Other speakers were Dr. 
Charles Mayes, John Aeby, Harold 
Etling, Lester Pifer, and Arnold 
Kriegbaum. Philip J. Simmons was 
host pastor. 

SPECIAL. Order your vacation 
Bible school material immediately 
through the Brethren Missionary 
Herald. You are urged to order 
early. 

PORTLAND, OREG. The North- 
west District young people's camp 
will be held in conjunction with 
Camp Bethany, held simultaneously 
with our National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches convening here 
Aug. 10-17. 

TEMPLE CITY, CALIF. The new- 
address of John M. Aeby is 5729 N. 
Cloverly Ave. and the phone is At- 
lantic 6-9473. Please change Annual. 

TAOS. N. MEX. The Department 
of Public Welfare of the State of 
New Mexico has released through 
the Taos newspaper El Crepusculo 
the information that 10,000 people of 
Taos County are dependent upon 
state welfare. Missionary Sam Hor- 
ney states that the clothing sent in 
by the WMC is meeting a real need. 
Such clothing should be sent by 
parcel post to Brethren Spanish- 
American Mission, care of Sam Hor- 
ney, Taos, N. Mex. 



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" ^o^END US YOUR HAND/ 

^M/mMt/OA/ALF£iLovm/pofB/f£m/f£fi/ 'Laymen 



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Calling All Laymen The Regularity Need in Our Giving 



"To every thing there is a season, 
and a time to every purpose under 
the heaven" (Eccl. 3:1). 

"And that, knowing the time, that 
now it is high time to awake out of 
sleep: for now is our salvation near- 
er than when we believed" (Rom. 
13:11). 

We find that God has much to say 
concerning time in His Word. Surely 
we will agree that time is of utmost 
importance to man in his service for 
the Lord. 

The Apostle Paul speaks of the 
Christian buying up the opportu- 
nities for the Lord which certainly 
refers to using our time wisely. We 
feel that God has been most won- 
derful to our Brethren laymen in 
giving us so many opportunities to 
serve Him in so many different 
fields. We believe that laymen 
throughout the Brotherhood are re- 
ceiving the vision and responding to 
the call of service. 

In 1954 the records show that it 
was the greatest year of activity 
among our Brethren laymen. How- 
ever, it seems that our fire or enthu- 
siasm has almost suddenly subsided. 
Men, Brethren laymen, maybe you 
can answer why? 

Great things were planned at the 
1954 conference. We see that our 
year is half spent and we have hard- 
ly scratched the surface. Our 1955 
national conference is only six 
months away — so if we plan to make 
this year equally great for God, 
we must do as the Apostle Paul said, 
"Awake out of sleep." 

One of the most important steps 
taken at the 1954 conference to help 
reach our greatly increased national 
projects was this: every layman in 
every Brethren church to give ten 
cents (or more!) per month for each 
member of his family. Special en- 
velopes have been printed and dis- 
tributed throughout the churches for 
this method of getting in the offer- 
ings. Each layman should have an 
envelope for each month in which 
to place his offering for the national 
projects, 1955. 



By Our Secretary, Don A. Spangler, from Wheaton, III. 



". . . behold, I say unto you. Lift 
up your eyes, and look on the fields: 
for they are white already to har- 
vest" (John 4:35). 

"And he gave some [to be], apos- 
tles: and some, prophets; and some, 
evangelists; and some, pastors and 
teachers" (Eph. 4:11). 

One of the goals the laymen set at 
conference last year was to win souls 
for Christ. There are several meth- 
ods that could be discussed for doing 
this, but there is one that we have 
been lax in. We accepted as one of 
our projects the support of one of 
the teams sent out by the Evange- 
listic Crusade, which is $12,000. The 
year is two-thirds gone and we have 
only made a start. 

The verse at the top says some are 
given to be evangelists. Romans 10: 
14-15 says: "How then shall they 
call on him in whom they have not 
believed? and how shall they be- 
lieve in him of whom they have not 
heard? and how shall they hear 
without a preacher? And how shall 
they preach, except they be sent?" 



At conference the laymen dis- 
cussed giving 10c per member of the 
family per month. That would 
amount to 50c a month for a family 
with three children. This is a very 
small amount and one could easily 
give more, but this amount would 
cover our needs. It is not that we 
don't have it: God has blessed us 
out of His abundance, and will give 
us even greater blessings as we put 
them to use for Him. I feel our prob- 
lem is one of habit, and getting into 
the habit of channeling some of our 
giving through our local laymen's 
fellowships into the national fel- 
lowship so we can fulfill our proj- 
ects. 

At this writing it is too early to 
know the response given to Lay- 
men's Sunday. But having a huge 
offering once a year is like having a 
deluge of rain once a year and none 
the rest of the time. It is the con- 
tinual consistent giving of smaller 
amounts all year long that counts 
the most. Just like in the days be- 
fore Noah, the ground was watered 
by the mists. 



Brethren laymen also unanimous- 
ly decided to faithfully support the 
Brethren Evangelistic Crusades un- 
der the Board of Evangelism. If they 
ever needed our support, it is now! 
God surely had His purpose in call- 
ing these teams into the Brethren 
field. So we must urge every Breth- 
ren layman to pray and give that 
these teams may continue in this 
wonderful work of winning souls to 
Jesus Christ. 

What have you and the laymen of 
your church done? It is not too late 
to do it. Send all Brethren laymen 
offerings to Walter Hoyt, treasurer, 
409 Leland Ave., Dayton 7, Ohio. 
Thank you I 

In His service, 
Mason Cooper, president, 
National Brethren Laymen. 



A NEW MEN'S GROUP 

Our treasurer, Walter Hoyt, and 
Bro. Herbert Edwards, both of Day- 
ton, Ohio, helped organize the men 
at Bethany Church. Emory Bailey, 
968 Cleverly, Dayton 7, Ohio, is 
president; James Combs, vice pres- 
ident; Joe Swallow, secretary; and 
Charles Bowers, treasurer. 



THE MAIL BAG IS EMPTY 

From the mail your editor re- 
ceives, he can only conclude that the 
local and district matters take up so 
much time that only a handful have 
time to write about all the activity. 
Can we hear from some of you out 
west? 



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BRETHREN SUNDAY SCHOOL CONTEST RESULTS— JANUARY 1955 



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INTO THE REGIONS BEYOND! 

These are the months set aside in 
the National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches for gathering together the 
funds that will be used to keep our 
present missionary staff in the for- 
eign field, and also provide for send- 
ing additional missionaries to do 
even a greater work in the places 
God has given us to work. 

Every Sunday school ought to have 
a share in the great foreign-mission 
offering. Every Sunday-school class 
ought to stress this matter of the 
foreign-mission offering in the class. 
Offering goals ought to be estab- 
lished for each Brethren Sunday- 
school class. Every member of every 
school from the nursery department 
through to the home department 
ought to count it a real privilege to 
give in this year 1955 the greatest 
offering we have ever given. Re- 
member, we too have a share in the 
great ''One for One" program. The 
Foreign Missionary Society can only 
send missionaries to the field as we 
give of our material gifts to support 
them there. 

But even as I write I am con- 
vinced more than ever before that 
the great home- and foreign-mission 
programs of our church need not 
only our gifts, but they need our 
prayers and testimony. Such phrases 
from the Bible as "all the world," 
"every creature," "everyone that 
thirsteth," and many similar phrases 
remind me that God is concerned 
not only with the heathen in Africa, 
China, South America, and the 
islands of the sea, but God is con- 
cerned with the heathen of New 
York, Los Angeles, and every ham- 
let, village, and city of this great 
nation. 

When I hear missionaries speak 
on the subject, "Into the Regions 
Beyond," I am compelled to ask the 
question, "Where does the beyond 
begin?" It is "all the world." As we 
begin to take seriously the matter 
of "reaching all we can" through our 
Brethren Sunday schools, we will 
begin to do an even greater work in 



DIVISION A 1953 Jan. 

1. Denver. Colo 42 100 

2. Chevenne. Wvo 26 59 

3. Wheaton, 111 28 49 

4. Goshen, Ind 35 60 

5. Seattle. Wash 33 55 

6. Garwin, Iowa 45 70 

7. Fillmore. Calif 38 53 

8. Sharpsville. Ind 45 41 

9. Accident. Md 25 23 

Totals 317 510 

DIVISION B 

1. Washington Heights .. 60 127 

2. Chico. Calif 81 145 

3. Phoenix. Ariz 76 132 

4. Everett. Pa 76 124 

5. Patterson Park. Ohio.. 60 93 

6. Limestone. Tenn 77 119 

7. Elkhart. Ind 71 108 

8. York. Pa 53 75 

9. Albany, Oreg 83 108 

10. Aleppo. Pa 67 87 

11. Yakima. Wash 72 89 

12. Radford. Va 92 116 

13. Covington. Ohio 75 90 

14. Modesto, Calif 56 66 

15. Sampleville, Ohio 79 92 

16. Cedar Rapids, Iowa . . 64 74 

17. Camden, Ohio 70 78 

18. Yellow Creek. Pa 67 68 

19. Spokane. Wash 93 75 

20. Troy, Ohio 54 51 

21. Summit Mills. Pa 61 55 

Totals 1,487 1.972 

DIVISION C 

1. Norwalk, Calif 98 155 

2. Lake Odessa. Mich. ... 102 123 

3. Conemaugh, Pa 106 127 

4. Listie. Pa 137 161 

5. Clayton. Ohio 121 138 

6. La Loma. Modesto ... 130 148 

7. Jenners. Pa 109 121 

8. Meyersdale. Pa 109 117 

9. Berne. Ind 127 132 

10. Harrah. Wash 146 149 

11. Alexandria. Va 135 132 



Pet. 

Inc. 

138 

127 

75 

72 

67 

56 

11 



1 1 1 
80 
74 
63 

;.:, 

54 
53 
43 

:;n 
30 
24 
24 
20 
18 
17 
16 
1 1 



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21 
20 
18 
14 
14 
11 



Pet. 

DIVISION C (continued) 1953 Jan. Inc. 

12. Altoona. Pa Ill 92 

Totals 1,431 1,595 

DIVISION D 

1. Martinsburg. W. Va. .. 154 201 31 

2. Osceola. Ind 190 232 26 

3. Fremont. Ohio 225 277 23 

4. Winona Lake. Ind. . . . 188 224 19 

5. Canton. Ohio 195 282 19 

6. Waterloo, Iowa 242 290 17 

7. Buena Vista. Va 238 275 16 

8. Fort Wayne, Ind 168 191 14 

9. Inglewood, Calif 284 320 13 

10. Waynesboro. Pa 272 303 11 

11. Rittman. Ohio 168 182 8 

12. Leamersville. Pa 173 187 8 

13. Winchester. Va 197 211 7 

14. Beaumont. Calif 152 163 7 

15. Akron. Ohio 283 292 4 

16. Martinsburg. Pa 215 218 1 

17. Washington. D. C 220 216 

18. Artesia. Calif 160 148 

19. Philadelphia. Pa. (3). 174 160 

20. Covington, Va 195 177 

21. Uniontown. Pa 206 195 

22. Ghent. Roanoke. Va. . . 238 231 

Totals 4,537 4.927 

DIVISION E 

1. Ashland, Ohio 332 368 11 

2. Hagerstown. Md 387 423 9 

3. Johnstown First 322 321 

4. Dayton First 359 287 

Totals 1.400 1.399 

DIVISION F 

1. North Long Beach ... 827 882 7 

DIVISION N 

1. Elyria. Ohio 57 

2. Eii^lewood. Ohio 112 

3. Navaho Mission 38 

4. Fort Lauderdale 42 

249 

Totals for 73 churches 

reporting 9.999 11.285 13 



the "beyonds" of the foreign-mission 
program. 

Let us be very practical about it 
in this foreign-mission season. Let 
us give to the utmost of our ability. 
But remember while we give, that 
if we would each one win one, there 
would be twice as many to help us 
give twice as much as we are now 
able to do. If we would each one win 
one, there would be twice as many 
to whom our Lord could speak about 
the matter of "going with the Gos- 
pel- 
Brethren, we need more money to 
support our great missionary pro- 
gram, and it will be available if and 
when we take seriously what God 
has commanded us when He said, 
"Go ye" into all the world. We need 
more missionaries, and they will be 
available when we take seriously 
our part of the program of winning 
men to Christ. God is interested in 
men everywhere. The regions be- 
yond include the great mission field 
of your city. We cannot win men to 
Christ, nor can we teach them about 
Christ until we go out to touch our 
cities for Christ. Our God is inter- 



ested in the quality of Christians, 
but He is also interested in the 
quantity. Growth within the Breth- 
ren Church and Sunday schools is a 
must. Enlargement should occupy 
an important place in our program if 
we are to be well pleasing to our 
Lord. 

WITH YOUR SUNDAY- 
SCHOOL DIRECTOR 

These last few weeks have been 
busy ones in Sunday-school work 
across the nation. We have had the 
privilege of ministering to the stu- 
dents of the junior class of the sem- 
inary in four hours of classroom 
work dealing with the Sunday 
schools. We have met with the Sun- 
day-school staff of our schools in 
Goshen, Ind.; South Bend, Ind.; Fort 
Wayne, Ind.; Mansfield, Ohio (Sec- 
ond); and Osceola, Ind., in planning 
conferences and workshops. Now we 
are engaged in workshops in our 
churches of southern California. A 
full report will have to await an- 
other issue of the Herald, but again 
we invite and urge you to pray with 
us and for us as together we attempt 
to reach our goal of 60,000 by 1960. 



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Christ's Great Words to the Church 



There are two passages of Scrip- 
ture that give me a sinking feeling 
in my heart every time I read them. 
The first is found in Revelation 22: 
12: "Behold, I come quickly; and my 
reward is with me, to give every 
man according as his work shall be." 
The other passage is found in Ro- 
mans 13:12: "The night is far spent, 
the day is at hand: let us therefore 
cast off the works of darkness, and 
let us put on the armour of light." 

"Behold, I come quickly." "As the 
lightning cometh out of the east, and 
shineth even unto the west; so shall 
also the coming of the Son of man 
be" (Matt. 24:27). No matter how 
long delayed, when He comes, it will 
be "as the lightning." Better a thou- 
sand times to be silent in your grave 
than to be caught living carelessly 
at His coming. When our Lord 
comes. He will judge every man 
"according as his work shall be." 
Rewai'd for work — not as we de- 
scribe it, not as the family estimates 
it, but as Christ values it. Payday, 
brother! Payday, preacher! 

Estimate Will Change 

Until that hour many things will 
have looked pretty good through our 
eyes. But then, how quickly and 
radically our estimate of things will 
change. Then we may realize that 
some sermons should never have 
been preached; some board meetings 
should never have been held; some 
letters should never have been writ- 
ten; some indulgences in self-pity 
that have led to wasted days and 
years and coddling of the flesh won't 
seem so justified; some so-called 
good deeds won't look so good when 
He values them. 

That hour shall come as "light- 
ning." No last-minute preparations 
for anybody. No warnings. No hints. 
But "in such an hour as ye think not 
the Son of man cometh." Since the 
night is "far spent," it is time to put 
off the unfruitful works of darkness, 
and put on the armor of light. How 
great a part of these lives of ours as 
servants of God are "unfruitful" in 
His sight! It is time that sort of 
thing be "cast away" and our lives 
really lived in the light of the "light- 
ning" of His imminent return. 

No Time to Waste 

This is prophecy's hour. Many 
messages that I used to preach on 
prophecy I cannot preach any more. 



They are not prophecy now. They 
are fact. The idea of planning for a 
long tomorrow on this earth falls 
with strange sound on Bible-believ- 
ing ears. The waiting days are about 
over. The time to serve the living 
and the true God and to wait for His 
Son from heaven has come and 
nearly gone. The sun of time is set- 
ting. Man has reached the sunset of 
his time on the earth. The church 
has had her hour for foreign mis- 
sions and largely lost it. For cen- 
turies God gave the church the 
chance to reach China and Korea for 
Christ and she merely played with 
it. The church was busy amusing 
and coddling herself with luxuries. 
She refused to send her sons out to 
preach the Gospel, and then she had 
to send thousands of them out to 
Korea to die. 

Now America is faced with a China 
dominated by God-hating. Christ- 
hating communism that has driven 
out every true missionary of the 
Gospel and slammed the door tight- 
shut. God kept those doors open to 
us for centuries. The Chinese were 
eager listeners. That day is over. 
The same dread threat faces Chris- 
tian forces in Africa. As communism 
swept through China in a few years, 
it appears as though the same may 
occur in Africa. Opportunity is slip- 
ping from us in missions. Mission 
doors are closing. No one knows it 
better than our missionaries them- 
selves. 

An Hour of Crisis 

This is no time to indulge our- 
selves in flesh or fortune. It is an 
hour of disaster for hundreds of 
millions with atomic obliteration 
hanging over their heads. "Business 
as usual" for Christians will surely 
lead to judgment. What a sad sight 
to see church members piling up 
wealth that will be turned over to 
Antichrist, when it should have 
helped to save lost men. This is a 
time to pray as men on a crumbling 
precipice, as men on a sinking ship. 
It is said of Nero, that while Rome 
was on fire, he sat on the roof of his 
palace fiddling away like an idiot. 
But how many church members and 
church organizations are playing 
with trifles while the world is on fire 
now! Today, our statesmen are 
alarmed, the press is alarmed, mili- 
tary men are alarmed, but the ma- 
jority of the churches are asleep. 




By REV. R. PAUL MILLER 

Moderator, National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches 



Start a Revival 

Don't wait for others to start a 
revival. Start one yoxtrself. If Elijah 
had waited for the 7,000 to get be- 
hind him, there would have been no 
salvation in Israel. If Martin Luther 
had waited for a lot of sympathizers 
among the priests of Rome, there 
would have been no Reformation. If 
John Wesley had waited for men of 
his day to support him, the great re- 
vival of the 18th century would 
never have been born. Every great 
movement of history to God's glory 
is the history of one man, and God! 
Brother, why don't you resolve to 
be that man? Don't fear criticism or 
sneers. It is the man on fire for God 
that gets all the cold water poured 
on him! 

In the midst of this collapsing 
world, God is sending revival. It is a 
pity that so often God has to step 
outside the church and use men like 
Luther, Wesley, Moody, and others 
in order to reach lost men. God pity 
the preacher (or congregation) who 
is so cold, cowardly, or self-satisfied 
as to be content to just go on "hold- 
ing services" instead of raising the 
battle cry and seeking the lost for 
the last harvest! 

What shall we do; stand aside and 
criticize those who are in the arena 
covered with sweat and blood and 
tears, fighting to the last to save one 
more? Shall we whimper, "What is 
the use, the world is too far gone"? 
Or shall we rise up to the vision, 
claim the power of God, and strike 
out like John the Baptist, Paul the 
Apostle, or Peter, and give all? 



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A STRANGE COUNTRY 
By Ruth Samarin 

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Toto lay in the dark hut on her 
mat. Everyone around her was 
breathing the loud breath of sleep, 
but her eyes would not close. She 
turned on the mat to find a better 
position for her sore arm. 

For a week the lump on her arm 
had swollen until now it was very 
large and hot with much fire. Her 
father had offered to call the village 
witch doctor and pay him two fat 
hens to heal her arm. Toto knew her 
father was being kind, but she told 
him it would do no good. 

Toto was just a little girl, but she 
knew that witch doctors asked much 
money and were able to do nothing. 
Toto was a Christian, and she knew 
the witch doctor hated Jesus. She 
did not want to call him, and her 
father did not insist. He would like 
to keep his chickens; besides, Toto 
didn't look like she was going to die. 

When morning came, Toto went 
slowly down the path to the mission 
school. Her head throbbed like many 
drums, but still she did not want to 
miss class. The lady missionary came 
from the house on the hill and 
walked along the path with Toto. 

"Toto," she said, "my husband and 
I have been worrying about your 
arm. Tomorrow we must go north to 
another mission station. We will stay 
there four days. There is a nurse 
there. If your father will give his 
permission, we will take you to the 
nurse. She will give you medicine 
for your arm. But you are too sick 
for class today. Go home and see 
what your father says." 

When Toto heard the words of the 
missionary, she almost forgot the 
drums in her head. She turned and 
ran down the path to her own house. 
In her heart she prayed: "Oh, Jesus, 
soften my father's liver so that I can 
go with the missionaries." 

Toto found her father in the door- 
way of their house weaving new 
rope for his hunting net. Toto told 
him the words of the missionary. 
Then she stood very still waiting to 
see what he would say. 

"You may go," he said with a 
smile. Toto was so pleased she 
jumped up and down 'til the pain in 
her arm bit at her and the drums 



beat in her head again. Then she 
quietly sat down beside her father 
to wait for tomorrow. 

The next day she sat with the 
missionaries in the cab of the big 
red truck. She laid her swollen arm 
in her lap and looked out the win- 
dow as they drove mile after mile. 

Toto's head began to nod 'til fi- 
nally she fell asleep against the nice 
shiny cushion of the truck. She 
woke with a start as the truck 




Toto finds new friends. 



stopped. Out of the window she saw 
a village, but it was not like her 
village. Her village was surrounded 
by palm trees and giant mahogany 
trees. There were no trees in this 
village. Everywhere was grass and 
scrubby bushes. The missionary saw 
the surprised look on the little girl's 
face and said: "We've come a long 
way, but there are Christians here. 
You need not feel strange." 

The missionary then led Toto to a 
big round house. "How strange," 
thought Toto, "my house is square." 
The missionary introduced Toto to 
the pastor's wife and explained to 
her that she would stay with this 
family until they were ready to re- 
turn home. The pastor's wife smiled 



a friendly smile at her and said 
there was always room for another 
little daughter. 

Just then a boy stuck his head 
out of the round house. He looked 
at Toto curiously and said, "My 
name is Foli, and who are you?" 
Toto told him her name and showed 
him her sick arm. 

"You talk funny," Foli said. 

"My village is very far from here," 
explained the little girl. 

"It's time to go to the dispensary," 
interrupted the pastor's wife. Toto 
and Foli and the pastor's wife 
walked down the path to the house 
of medicine. 

Toto saw a large group of people 
gathered near a long brick building. 
On the porch of this building she 
saw a lady in a white dress. This 
lady had hair as white as her dress 
and her face looked very kind. 

The kind lady put Toto's name on 
a card; then she told Toto to sit on 
the grass with her new friends. All 
the people began to sing a Jesus 
song, and then a man began to talk 
to the group about the "affair of 
God." 

"That's my father," whispered Foli. 

When Foli's father had finished 
preaching, the kind lady began to 
call them to the porch. When Toto's 
name was called, she bravely walked 
up on the porch and showed the 
kind lady her arm. The kind lady 
and a black nurse cleaned out the 
sore and wrapped it in a clean white 
bandage. Then the kind lady told 
her that the sore was very bad and 
the sickness had gone to other parts 
of her body, so she wanted to give 
Toto an injection. 

Toto was very pleased with this, 
for she had always heard that the 
needle medicine was very powerful. 

When Toto was through at the 
dispensary, she walked back to the 
round house where she was staying. 
She sat by Foli's mother while she 
pounded grain in a wooden bowl. 
The flat grasslands didn't seem 
strange to her eyes any more. Foli's 
mother smiled over her shoulder at 
Toto, and Toto's liver was content. 
She was with Christians, and so she 
was not afraid. 



March 12, 7955 



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IHaVLIP A IPILNIEIPaVL 



He bounced in the door with a 
bravado Mother knew was meant as 
a cover-up. The seven-year-old was 
quite late getting home from school. 
He stood windblown and a little 
nervous, with a lovely, half-blown 
rose clutched in a grimy fist. 

"Where have you been. Paul 
Kent? You are very late today." 

"I well I was 

The lad shifted his weight from 
one foot to the other as he tried to 
think of a plausible reason for his 

tardiness. "I pla oh, I've been 

to half a funeral," he ended in bril- 
liant triumph. 

"A WHAT?" Mother exclaimed as 
though unable to believe her ears. 
With a large family a mother is like- 
ly to hear nearly any and every ex- 
cuse conjured up under the sun, 
and this mother thought she had — 
until now. This took the cake. 

"I've been to half a funeral. This 
flower is for you. I got it from the 
man at the funeral." 

"Young man, have you been in 
that cemetery you pass coming home 
from school? You know there are 
rules that no children are to enter 
the cemetery." 

"Uh huh; I know. But on my way 
home I stopped to see a man work- 
ing at a grave near the entrance 
gate. I talked to him and he talked 
to me and gave me the rose. I didn't 
touch anything; honest." 

"Is that the only reason you are 
late?" 

"Yes; well, I guess so. I stayed 
after school a little while to help 
the teacher." 

"Now Kent, Mother knows that is 
not the truth. You had to stay after 
school to catch up on some reading 
since you haven't been giving 
enough attention to it during the 
class sessions." 

"H-how do you know?" a wide- 
eyed, flabbergasted youngster asked. 

"Never mind. I just know. You 
didn't tell Mother the whole truth 
about being late, did you, Honey?" 

"No ma'am. But I did talk to the 
man in the cemetery." 

"But when you don't tell the full 
truth what are you doing?" 



"Telling a lie, I guess." 

"Does a bov who belongs to Jesus 
lie?" 

"No, Mama; he shouldn't. But take 
care of that rose. I brang it to you." 

"You brought it, Kent. You and I 
will have a little talk later. I must 
get supper on the table now so you 
children can eat before the Sister- 
hood girls get here." 

"Are they gonna eat their supper 
here?" 

"Yes. Nancy and Patty are already 
here. Did vou sav hello?" 



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Later that evening when Mother 
had opportunity to talk to a very 
precious boy about his sin of a half- 
truth, they had a sweet time of 
prayer and fellowship as the lad 
asked his heavenly Father to for- 
give. There is nothing sweeter in all 
this world than the experience of 
dealing with an erring child on the 
basis of "thus saith the Lord." and 
"are we pleasing Him in what we do 
and say?" 

Daddy heard the story late that 
night when all the flock was sleep- 
ing. He and Mother had a delicious 
chuckle over the "half-funeral" of 
Kent's story. They fell to musing 
over the spiritual half-funerals of 
all too many professing believers. 
Little did their lad know how well 
his story applied to adult believers 
who should have attended a first- 
class "funeral" months and years 
ago for that "old man" about which 
the Bible speaks so plainly. 

Local congregations are full of 
Christians who are only half dead, 
and those partly dead "corpses" 
cause endless trouble. The sin of 
gossip and evil, unfounded reports 
tears down the testimony of Christ 



in appalling measure. How we need 
to remind ourselves of I Corinthians 
6:10, where we are told: "Nor 
thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, 
nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall 
inherit the kingdom of God." 

Many a church member who has 
never stolen a dime in his lifetime is 
a first-class thief when it comes to 
robbing his fellow believers of char- 
acter by way of gossip and false re- 
ports. Revilers there are who pray 
some stirring prayers; then with the 
same tongue proceed to speak bit- 
terly and reproachfully of brothers 
in the Lord. "Out of the same mouth 
proceed blessings and cursings" 
(Jas. 3:10). 

The sin of applying the sermon to 
others in the congregation rather 
than to self is a sign of the need of 
some full funerals. How we need to 
"number our days that we may 
apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Ps. 
90:12). 

The sin of doing no work for the 
Lord in the local congregation; then 
complaining that "we never have a 
chance to do anything" has limited 
the testimony of God's servants in 
many places. 

God give us the grace and honesty 
of soul to get a true picture of self 
enough to admit: "Lord, I've been 
to a half-funeral. Dear Lord, make 
it a full funeral so that I will reckon 
myself to be dead unto sin, but alive 
unto God through Jesus Christ my 
Lord" (Rom. 6:11). 

Dear Father, give us some first- 
class funerals in thy church, and 
begin with me! 



MEETING AT KITTANNING, PA. 

Ample preparation had been made 
for the revival and soul-winning ef- 
fort at the First Brethren Church, 
Kittanning, Pa. The membership was 
united in the task. The cooperation 
was inspiring. Hospitality was un- 
excelled anywhere. Bill Schaffer, 
Jr.. assisted Crusade Pianist Jim 
Martin by playing the organ. This 
added greatly to the music. 

The Lord was present in power. 
Many important decisions were made 
during the meetings. We give all 
praise to our Lord. 

A wonderful church! A united 
people. An earnest and capable pas- 
tor. The Lord greatly blessed. 

We are grateful to the Lord for 
His love; to Rev. William Schaffer 
and the Kittanning church for all the 
love and kindness shown to Crusade 
Team Two. — Archie Lynn, evange- 
list, Crusade Team Two. 



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The BRETHREN 




HOME MISSION NUMBER 



MARCH 19, 1955 



Fort Lauderdale Church Growing With the City 



Rev. and Mrs. Ralph J. Colburn report attendances doubled in less 
than two months. Read "News From the Newest," by Mr. Colburn. 





Editorials 



8y L I. Grubb 




A World in Distress 

Never in all history have world conditions been more 
distressing than today! 

Uncertainty is the prevailing problem. Men in every 
nation momentarily expect to arise to a new day and 
find the world plunged into a major conflict. With such 
weapons of destruction as atom and hydrogen bombs in 
the hands of the major nations, a few hours could easily 
seal the fate of almost any nation on earth. Rulers arise 
and are deposed. Russia is changing national boundary 
lines constantly by her cold-war methods. Materially 
and physically the world is in a sad state. 

Still worse is the spiritual uncertainty of men in all 
nations today. Religions, of the type practiced in most 
sections of our world, is indeed the opiate of the people. 
Deadening the consciousness of sin and proposing only 
human solutions, it leaves the human soul in a worse 
plight than ever. As a result, millions are plunging into 
eternal spiritual darkness annually. They are without 
Christ and lost forever, with no further opportunity for 
salvation. 

Jesus talked about the harvest being plenteous in His 
day. When applied to the modern world, this early state- 
ment would be greatly intensified. The harvest is white. 
In fact, it has been white and has already gone to seed 
and decayed in many instances because of the failure of 
God's children. Their vision has been limited too often 
to the confines of their "own back yard." Millions lost 
and dying in their sins seem not to greatly concern them. 
This is certainly a failure to read and obey the Word of 
God. Necessarily then the blessing of God must be lim- 
ited among those who so fail in missionary vision. 

Now is the time for Brethren people to prove that they 
have a missionary vision. The Easter season is the spe- 
cial time when we pray earnestly and give liberally to 
send missionaries to earth's dying millions. This year 
should see a large increase in the foreign-mission offer- 
ing for the expansion of our borders abroad. 

Not many denominations these days can guarantee 
that each missionary on the field is a true, Bible-believ- 
ing, loyal witness for Christ. People who support Breth- 
ren foreign missions need not have a care or worry. 
They know that their dollars will preach the full Gospel 
of Christ. 

What About the Home-Mission Offering This Year? 

We can now answer this question with a reasonable 
degree of accuracy. Since many of our offerings come in 
up to the end of February, a fair count is impossible 
before that time. 

The Brethren home-mission Thanksgiving offering is 
5 percent to 8 percent less than last year. The Home 
Missions Council asked our churches to endeavor to in- 



crease our offering this year at least 28 percent and we 
based our budget on such an increase. However, with a 
plus-5-percent decrease overall, we are one-third under 
the amount to meet that budget. This means a drastic 
curtailment of the budget. Building appropriations must 
be cut. Unless expansion is made possible by additional 
gifts coming in throughout the balance of the year, very 
little will be possible. 

Regardless of the reasons underlying a decrease in the 
home-mission offering, the tragic, far-reaching results 
are soon apparent. These results reach inevitably into 
each other department of our church endeavor. Foreign 
missions, the seminary, our publication interests, and all 
other agencies are directly affected. Failure to expand 
the basic group of churches means ultimate failure in 
expanding the outreach of the church's testimony. 

In a day when the true church of Jesus Christ has 
available unprecedented opportunities for expansion at 
home and around the world, a decreased missionary 
offering provides a strong impetus for earnest prayer 
and heart-searching. 

There is one certainty. The Brethren Home Missions 
Council can expand the Brethren testimony only so far 
as Brethren churches makes this possible each year by 
their prayers and material gifts. 

A full, detailed report by churches and districts will 
appear in the April Home Mission number of the Herald. 

Desert Blossoming as a Rose 

The river Yarkon in Israel is helping to fulfill divine 
prophecy in making the desert of the Negev to blossom 
like a rose. 

We are told that in a very short time a valve will be 
opened which will solve the irrigation problems that 
have beset the farmers who work the 75,000 acres of 
fertile but arid land in the southern area of Israel. An 
estimated 275,000 cubic meters of water will be carried 
southward each day via a giant 66-inch reinforced con- 
crete pipe spanning 63 miles and capable of carrying half 
the Yarkon's waters, or 100,000,000 cubic meters a year. 

Huge cranes are now busy laying the 10-ton sections 
of this pipe about 200 yards per day. More than 2,000 
men are employed on this project, working in two shifts 
installing pumping stations beneath the ground which 
will be entirely invisible when completed. 

Actually this vast and almost imaginary project will 
yet be dwarfed when the planned 108-inch pipeline will 
transfer the rushing waters of the Jordan into the Beer- 
sheba area to provide fertile farmland for the thousands 
of families now moving into that section. 

How marvelous and significant are these movements 
by the Israeli government when reviewed in the light of 
God's Word. The very river in which Christ was bap- 
tized now provides the waters to fulfill His Word. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 



VOLUME 17, NUMBER 12 



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Directors: Robert Crees, president: Herman A. Hoyt. vice president: William SchafEer, secretary: Ord Gehman, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, 
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NEWS 



From the Newest! 



BY RALPH J. COLBURN 
Pastor, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 



Greetings from the Venice of America, in the Sun- 
shine State! 

That's what they often call Fort Lauderdale, and there 
are plenty of waterways through the city, and there is 
lots of sunshine in the land. But what a tragedy that so 
few really know the sunshine of God's love, revealed in 
Jesus Christ! Real gospel testimonies are few in this 
growing city, and if we get going with our building soon, 
we'll be the first church of any kind in a great new 
section in the northwest part of town! (Two other 
churches, at least, are dickering for property and hoping 
to get established in the same general area.) 

After two months of operation we feel it's time for a 
report to you on what the Lord has done thus far. His 
leading, guidance, and blessing have been so evident 
every step of the way! 

We arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Friday evening, 
January 7, and had a service that night with the nucleus 
of folk here. They had just lined up a place to hold 
Sunday services, a little community building in a park, 
less than a mile from our church property, and on Jan- 
uary 9, with no advertising whatever, we held our first 
regular Sunday services. We had 29 in Sunday school, 29 



FORT LAUDERDALE DIRECTORY 



PASTOR'S ADDRESS 

Rev. Ralph J. Colburn 
1118 NW. 18th Court 
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

PRESENT MEETING PLACE 

North Lauderdale Improvement Association 

1000 North Andrews Ave. 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

PROPOSED CHURCH SITE 

Grace Brethren Church 

NW. 9th Ave. & 19th St. 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 




Top: North Lauderdale Improvement Association- 
Building, used for the Sunday services. Bottom: The 
initial meeting with the Colburns on January 9, 1955, 
with 29 present. 



in church, and 26 in the evening church service. Our 
total offerings for the day were over $166! 

Our first three Sundays saw growth in every service, 
and we hit a peak of 50 in Sunday school, 51 in church, 
and 35 in the evening, our third Sunday of existence. 
Then cold weather (yes; they have some, even in Flor- 
ida!) when everyone had to bring his own heater to 
church, and sickness took its toll for a couple of weeks. 
However, on February 20 we set new records of 55 in 
Sunday school and morning service, and tied our record 
of 35 in the evening, and had a record offering of over 
$241! Then on February 27 we went even higher in Sun- 
day school and church, with 57 and 61 respectively! 

When we came, there were six families here interested 
in the church, only three of whom had Brethren back- 
ground. Now we have at least 20 families who have 
attended and are excellent prospects for either seasonal 
or permanent participation in our total church program. 
I've done just enough canvassing in the neighborhood so 
far to know that the potential there is tremendous. If 
you are interested in statistics, our average attendance 
for the first eight weeks of operation is: Sunday school 
45, a. m. 47, p. m. 30, prayer meeting 16, weekly offerings 
$175. That last figure seems nothing short of tremendous, 
and indicates two or three things: our regulars are all 
tithers or better, and our visitors from the North are 
generous! Virtually every Sunday we've had visitors 
from some of our northern churches — folks who were 
just passing through the area. We've had them from 
Waterloo and Garwin, Iowa; from Dayton, Englewood. 
Mansfield, and Canton, Ohio; and from Altoona and 



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York, Pa. Believe me, we love to see them! Why don't 
you come and see us sometime? 

We have yet to see our first public decision for Christ, 
but we have some very interested families attending, 
and we know that the Lord will honor His Word. Five 
adults were baptized at our first baptismal service a 
couple of weeks ago, and we expect to begin our charter 
membership very soon — possibly by the time you read 
this. We've set up a splendid constitution with high 
standards for membership and church officers. Our 
building committee is busy at work with a local archi- 
tact on p'ans for our church. We do need that building 
soon! Pray with us that we may get started on the actual 
construction within a month or two, will you? 

Concerning ourselves, we love it here and are very 
happy in the work. The Lord led us to a lovely home, 
which we're buying, just a couple of blocks from the 
church lots, in the midst of a fine neighborhood. We 
have it comfortably furnished, and are enjoying it a lot. 
We have cur midweek services here, for we have the 
use cf our building only on Sundays. Our peak attend- 



ance of 24 last week did not crowd our living room, so 
you know it is good-sized! 

I don't believe anyone could have a finer nucleus of 
folk who really love the Lord, and have high standards 
and real zeal than we have with which to start a church! 
We have a number of experienced, willing, and capable 
Sunday-school teachers in the group. There is a willing 
workmanship, musical talent, and faithfulness to a high 
degree throughout this nucleus. We certainly praise God 
for each family! 

We're certainly very grateful for what the young peo- 
ple at Bethany Camp did for us, in providing funds for 
our first chairs, and for what the boys clubs are doing, 
in providing for our mimeograph, typewriter, and first 
songbooks. Believe me, when you are starting from 
scratch, as we are, you need everything! We are grateful 
to all of you folks for your prayers, your interest, and 
your gifts through the Brethren Home Missions Council. 
Keep it up. will you? May the Lord bless you for it, and 
enable us together to establish a strong testimony for 
Him here. 



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(I. tc r.): Vernon Latham, Don Sellers, Paul Circle, Tom Bailey, and Ed Rife. 



The Brethren Construction Company is rapidly com- 
pleting their work on the new Grace Brethren Church 
cf Wheaton, 111. The completion date was advanced when 
a fire damaged the roof portion on January 10, 1955. It 
was necessary to replace this portion of the building, 
which loss was covered by insurance, but it did delay 
the progress. 

The new building has not been occupied yet, but will 
be within a few weeks. A part of the crew will remain 
to add a number of finishing touches, while another 
part of the crew moves on to the next place to get some 
preliminary work out of the way. 

The present plans call for the next Brethren-con- 



structed church to be located in Parkersburg, W. Va. A 
location has been secured in Parkersburg and plans 
completed for the new church there. Rev. Lester E. 
Smitley is the pastor of the Parkersburg church. 

The five members of the Brethren Construction Com- 
pany crew, shown above, have now completed three 
churches. They are the Washington Heights Brethren 
Church, Roanoke, Va.; the Grace Brethren Church, 
York, Pa.; and the Grace Brethren Church, Wheaton, 
111. James Knepper and his family from the York, Pa., 
church, are planning to join the crew in Parkersburg, 
and this will enable the company to shorten the con- 
struction period and build more home-mission churches. 



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Pointers on Soul-Winning 



ELYRIA, OHIO, SECURES SITE FOR NEW CHURCH 



By LESTER E. PIFER 

The ministry of soul-winning is one of vital impor- 
tance to the cause of Christ. Never before have we 
Christians faced a more determined world, bent on fol- 
lowing the ways of our adversary. It seems in these last 
hours of this period of grace that the powers of the evil 
one almost overwhelm us. Crime figures soar to a new 
high, morality plunges to a new low, interest in true 
spirituality wanes, and the church seems to flounder, not 
knowing which way to turn or what to do next. 

Evangelical Christians should never forget the com- 
mission of our Lord Jesus. There is only one way to 
reach the lost multitude and that is with the power of 
Christ to convert the soul. We do well to listen to the 
words of Proverbs 11:30: "The fruit of the righteous is a 
tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." This is 
God's prescribed manner of reaching men for Christ. 

Our Appointment 
In the last hours of Christ's stay on this earth, this 
appointment was given. "And Jesus came and spake 
unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven 
and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, bap- 
tizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all 
things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am 
with you alway, even unto the end of the world" (Matt. 
28:18-20). Here our Lord gives the commission to go to 
all nations. In Mark it becomes more specific, "to every 
creature." Thus our Lord spoke to His disciples and to 
all of us through the ministry of the infallible Word that 
this was our task, the winning of precious souls, until 
such time as He would call us home. 

Our Example 
While on this earth our Lord became an extreme ex- 
ample in this business of soul-winning. Over and over 
again we are permitted to look into the life of our Lord 
dealing with the souls of men and women. The woman 
at the well, Zacchaeus up in the sycamore tree, and the 
winning of Andrew, Peter's brother, and many other 
instances are cases in point. This was His purpose in 
coming to earth. "For the Son of man is come to seek 
and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). Our re- 
action to this example and commission should be like 
that of Andrew, who sought out his brother and brought 
him to Christ (John 1:40-42). 

Our Guide 
In this ministry of soul-winning the believer enjoys 
the guiding presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Note in 
the latter part of the Great Commission these words: 
"Lo, I am with you alway." Perhaps fear next to indif- 
ference is the greatest hindrance to a soul-winning min- 
istry. Our Lord in giving this commission to His children 
gives us again the promise of His abiding presence and 
leadership. No one need fear the skeptic's call, the athe- 
ist's mockery, or the difficult missionary task of a for- 
eign field. He, our Saviour and Lord, says: "Lo, I am 
with you alway, even unto the end of the world." 

Our Comforter 
Before our Lord departed from this earth, another 
promise was given. Acts 1:8: "But ye shall receive 



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Pastor Galen Lingenfelter stands be;ide a new sign 
erected on the recently purchased site for the new Grace 
Brethren Church, Elyria, Ohio. The site is located in 
Spring Valley, a growing new section of the city. The 
sign is a facsimile of the one at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

The services are now being held in a grange hall, but 
a building committee is busy working on plans for the 
new church. They are looking forward to that next big 
event in a new church's history — groundbreaking. The 
pastor has been on the field slightly more than a year, 
and the church has been organized less than a year. 



power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and 
ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in 
all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part 
of the earth." Our Lord's promise was fulfilled in 10 days 
from that moment when the Holy Spirit descended on 
that memorable Day of Pentecost to make His abode on 
this earth. Each believer as he enters the body of Christ 
also enjoys the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in 
his life. The Holy Spirit has many ministries to perform 
in the life of the believer, but one of the outstanding is: 
"Ye shall be witnesses unto me." Here our Lord was 
reiterating the supreme task left with us, our ministry 
of witnessing and soul-winning. 

So many times the believer is conscious of the Spirit's 
bidding to talk to this person or to give a witness to that 
person. Here the Holy Spirit is accomplishing His pur- 
pose in the life of the believer. One wonders just how 
many times the believer with an indifferent or unyielded 
heart is guilty of grieving the Holy Spirit in not wit- 
nessing to the lost soul. Do you lack power? Do you lack 
joy in soul-winning? You may be guilty of not heeding 
the ministry of the Spirit of God in your life. Let your 
life become a witness unto Him as you carry out His 
commission in your life. 

Our Results 
Too many times the believer feels that the only real 
service for Christ is that found in some office in the 
church or Sunday school. Your writer believes that the 
greatest task to be done in the service of Christ is that 
of soul-winning. This far supersedes that of some of our 
imaginations. Let me give you a verse of Scripture 
which points to the tremendous results of this ministry. 
James 5:20: "Let him know, that he which converteth 



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the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul 
from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." The soul 
has infinite value. God gave His own Son to die for the 
souls of men. No one can accurately describe or know 
the fullness of the agony, shame, separation, and pun- 
ishment that the soul will go through when it enters 
hell. This "death" means eternal separation in the outer 
darkness in a literal place called "hell." Then, too, re- 
member that your winning of the soul to Christ will 
mean a life of happiness, practical righteousness, fellow- 
ship, and finally glory with our blessed Saviour in 
heaven. What greater work can be accomplished by our 
feeble hands in this life? Here is a ministry that pro- 
duces the greatest and most enduring results of any 
work known. 

Our Reward 

Though this last reason is not one that the believer 
should use as a persuading force to a life of soul-win- 
ning, yet it is a part of God's program. In John 4:36 we 
read: "And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gather- 



eth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and 
he that reapeth may rejoice together." God is a good 
paymaster. What He promised will come to pass. Daniel 
12:3: "And they that be wise shall shine as the bright- 
ness of the firmament; and they that turn many to right- 
eousness as the stars for ever and ever." The writer of 
Proverbs said, "He that winneth souls is wise." Daniel 
reminds us that they that be wise and are soul-winners 
will shine in God's heaven as soul-winners forever and 
ever. Certainly this should be the portion of every true 
believer in Christ. Out of the gratitude of our hearts for 
salvation and its many riches, there should arise a 
supreme desire for the will of God and to heed the voice 
of our Lord in the ministry that is so close to His heart. 
After all, God could have written the witness in the 
heavens, or sent legions of angels to sing the message, 
or could have written it in the heart of every child born, 
but God has so willed that they who have received the 
eternal joys of salvation shall be those who are "wit- 
nesses unto me" in this tremendous task of soul-win- 
ning. 



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Left: Gordon Braeker, pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Fremont, Ohio, questions Mr, Granville A. Tucker as a 
candidate for the Brethren ministry. Right (I. to r.): Mrs. Robert Gahris, secretary; Mr. Robert Gahris, deacon; 
Rev. Lester E. Pijer, former pastor; Mr. James Soule, deacon; Mr. Doyt Price, deacon; Mr. Harold Beckley, dea- 
con; Mr. John Koke, deacon; Gordon W. Braeker, pastor; Carl Brooks, moderator ; and Granville Tucker re- 
ceiving the laying on of hands. (Clarence Ash, deacon board chairman, ivas absent because of illness.) 



A special service at the Grace Brethren Church, Fre- 
mont, Ohio, was devoted to the licensing of Bro. Gran- 
ville A. Tucker on Sunday evening, January 30, 1955. 
An excellent response was shown by 242 attending the 
service. 

Since it had been largely under the ministry of Rev. 
Lester Pifer that Brother Tucker had been brought into 
such close touch with the Brethren people, Pastor Gor- 
don W. Braeker invited Rev. Pifer to speak for the occa- 
sion. His theme for the message was "God's Call for 
Service." 

Special music was presented by Mrs. Lester Pifer, 
Louise Ann Beckley, the church orchestra under the 
direction of James Killgrove, and the youth choir. Mr. 
Charles Fires presented an object lesson. 

Authorization for licensure was read by Mrs. Robert 
Gahris, secretary of the church. Scripture for the occa- 
sion was read by the moderator, Mr. Carl Brooks. Ques- 



tions and vows were put to Brother Tucker by Pastor 
Braeker, and the prayer of consecration was made by 
the following deacons: John Koke, Robert Gahris, Har- 
old Beckley, James Soule, and Doyt Price. Clarence 
Ash, chairman of the deacon board, was ill. The charge 
was given by Rev. Pifer. The closing prayer was made 
by Rev. Granville A. Tucker. 

The service marked another step in the leading and 
blessing of the Lord in establishing a real gospel testi- 
mony to the colored people of the city of Fremont. Rev. 
Tucker has won the love of Christian people in the Fre- 
mont church and in the community. He was examined 
for the gospel ministry by the local church and by the 
district ministerial examining board. Brethren people 
from coast to coast have had an interest in this home- 
mission work. Continue to pray that lots will soon be 
available for a building site. Meetings are still held in 
the Tucker residence. 



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CH1CO, CALIF. (Phillip J. Simmons)— 

The Lord's blessings have been so many that we 
hardly know where to begin or how to relate them. 
Within the year we have had the opportunity to broad- 
cast our morning worship service for two months over 
KXOC, strongest Mutual station in 11 western states. 
Our men have a regular ministry in the Butte County 
jail. Four rest homes have been opened to our choir for 
two services a month in each. Our boys club has min- 
istered to at least 90 boys, and seen a number of them 
make decisions for Christ. Our junior worship service 
is one that would be a joy to any pastor's heart. Several 
of our folk call regularly. We have seen some real con- 
versions, and our membership has shown substantial 
growth. The Lord has given us much-needed pews, and 
enabled the folk to increase their gifts to the building, 
general, and mission funds. Our Sunday school last 
Sunday was just exactly twice the average attendance 
for the month of September, and exceeded our Rally 
Day attendance by 50. All but 19 of these were in the 
morning worship service. 

May we ask that you will join us in prayer for our 
evangelistic endeavor under the ministry of Team No. 
1 to begin March 22, and for us, as pastor and people, 
as we represent you in this important western outpost. 

JENNERS, PA. (Victor Rogers)— 

God has answered prayer in so many ways in the 
leading and directing of our building program. We thank 
the Lord for a loan to help complete the church. Much 
progress is being made, and we are looking forward to 
the completion of the building by late spring. Our men, 
along with the pastor, are spending long hours working 
toward this end. Not only is there progress in physical 
building, but every service of the church has shown a 
marked increase over the previous year. We are glad for 
the increased interest in all the services and look toward 
greater things ahead for Christ. 

Our Sunday school has shown some solid growth in 
the last few months. The records show an average of 123 
for the last quarter of 1954, compared to 105 for the pre- 
vious quarter. I believe the National Sunday School 
Contest has done us a lot of good. Pray for wisdom in 
providing more classes and directing us to teachers. 

FINDLAY, OHIO (Forest F. Lance)— 

We are rejoicing in the victories which have been 
coming our way in Findlay, Ohio. We had eight deci- 
sions for the Lord, of which five were first-time. We 
have several new families attending our services. Some 



Ml N UTE-MEN ! 

Have you shared in the blessings of "News From the Newest"? We 
have had a fine response to the Fort Lauderdale appeal and already 
ever $2,000 has been received, with letters still coming in. We feel a 
number of you have not returned your letter yet but will certainly 
want to after reading Brother Colburn's report on the work for the 
first two months. Of course, you have missed a blessing by not get- 
ting your letter in early, but there is still a big opportunity for 
many more Read about the blessings received by some who were 
the first to send in their gifts. 



Minburn, Iowa — Received your Minute-Man letter to- 
day and, although I have been giving regularly, it was 
never such a joy as giving this one for Fort Lauderdale. 
We spent some time in Florida and I longed for a Breth- 
ren church there. Once the need is realized, I'm sure 
we'll have more Brethren churches in Florida. May God 
bless the work and use my tiny offering in a mighty big 
way.— Mrs. L. W. 

Waterloo, Iowa — I am so thankful God allowed me the 
privilege of being a Minute-Man for Him. I am sorry 
for being so slow in sending in my small contribution, 
but I was called out of town due to the death of my 
brother. How I wish this dollar might be one hundred, 
but I pray many will be ready to send in their little gifts 
for His work.— Mrs. P. L. 

Canton, Ohio — Enclosed find one dollar for the new 
church at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. May many of the Breth- 
ren see this need and send their dollars right along. — 
Mrs. J. L. C. 

La Verne, Calif. — I am very happy to help start one 
more new church and glad to be one of the Minute-Men. 
I truly send this in Jesus' name and know He will in- 
crease it. God bless Fort Lauderdale and Rev. and Mrs. 
Ralph Colburn.— Mrs. M. F. 



are already Christians, but others are unsaved. We 
began the month of March with family night on March 
1, and we will finish it with a week of meetings by the 
Emmons Musicians of Winona Lake. Our theme is, 
"Marching Forward Together in March." 

DAYTON. OHIO (C. S. Zimmerman)— 

Praise the Lord! Our Bible school has exceeded 100 
for the last three Sundays. Our home department is also 
growing and we are now reaching 16 people through it. 
A new adult class has been started and a gain has been 
seen in the giving of our people. Ten new members have 
been added to the church. 

BRETHREN NAVAHO MISSION (Evan Adams)— 

Joan and I went to Taos on Monday evening to make 
some plans for our district conference. While we were 
gone, the women at the mission had some excitement. A 
drunk couple had been in a fight and the man kicked his 
wife in the head. They came to Lee Trujillo's hogan for 
help as the woman was badly hurt and had lost much 
blood. The state patrolman came and arrested the man 
while the folk at the trading post took the lady to the 
hospital. Grace Trujillo took the baby from the drunk 
man for fear he might kill it. Yesterday Alvin Huerta, 
the state trooper, stopped in to see me and he said he 
wished the mission would get a transmitter and receiver. 
He said he could get permission to use the state police 
frequency and it could be used for emergency calls to 
state headquarters in Santa Fe. If you know of any 
possible way to get hold of an old aircraft transmitter, 
we could install it here to real advantage. 



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A LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL 

For five years we have been calling in certain districts, 
giving out literature and talking to people. For five years 
the same people answer the doorbells and accept the 
same literature with the same disinterested expressions. 
And each time our hearts beat a little harder as we 
think: Will this be the time this particular person re- 
sponds to the message of the Gospel? If it weren't for 
God's mighty and wonderful promises, I am certain we 
could never continue, but He has promised that a rem- 
nant of His people, Israel, should be saved, and little by 
little we see signs of this little group. 

Our calling is much the same day after day. There are 
those who listen politely, meanwhile searching their 
heads for a way to get rid of us quickly; those who are 
on the telephone; those who are too busy; those who 
slam doors; those who ask us inside, out of curiosity; 
and there are those few who tug at our heartstrings in 
such a way that we cannot forget them. These are the 
ones who seem to be seeking and yet not knowing; need- 
ing and yet not finding. These are the ones who need 
your prayers that God will open their hearts to a knowl- 
edge of their only hope — Jesus, the Messiah — Jesus, 
their rejected Redeemer. 

The other day I was calling in an apartment section. 
I had already finished upstairs and had knocked upon 
a downstairs door. It was a woman who answered and 
at the same time the door across the hall opened. A man 
came into the hallway, preparing to go outside. Think- 
ing he would be gone when I came to his door, I quickly 
handed him a Mediator, which he refused. The woman 
said: "He is a Hebrew scholar. He is a busy man. He 
wouldn't have time for this." I went on talking with her, 
remarking that one should never be too busy to con- 
sider God's Word. It happened that it was quite an 
extended conversation, taking a half hour, and when I 
had finished and turned to go, the man came back into 
the hallwf.y. 

"You still here?" he asked. 

"I hear you are a very busy man and a Hebrew 
scholar," I told him, holding out the Mediator again. 
"Surely you aren't too busy to look over this little paper 
concerning the Word of God." 

By this time he was inside his apartment, but he made 
no effort to close the door. "No," he said, "I am not too 
busy." 

I explained we wanted people to check the claims of 
Jesus. "Have you ever done that?" 

He smiled. "I have considered it. He was a great man, 
but He was not our Messiah. The New Testament was 
written long after His death." 



By Leanore Button 

I explained that the New Testament was written by 
Jewish men who walked, talked, and lived with Jesus 
and who believed Him to be the promised Messiah, the 
sacrifice for sin to do away with all sacrifices. 

"God does not require blood today. Besides, the Mes- 
siah isn't real. You and I can bring the Messiah by doing 
the good and not the evil." 

I asked him again if he believed the Torah (first five 
books of the Old Testament) to be the Word of God. He 
said he did. Again I repeated Leviticus 17:11, and again 
he said it was no longer necessary to have a blood sac- 
rifice. He brought out his Old Testament, which was in 
both Hebrew and English. We looked again at the prom- 
ises outlined in the Torah and what would happen to 
God's people if they disobeyed Him. We looked at the 
Law (10 commandments); at Isaiah; at Zechariah. At 
last he put his book on the table and walked to the, 
window. 

"They say we crucified Him," he said, not looking at 
me, seeming unaware of my presence. I tried to tell him 
that it was the fault of no one group of people but the 
fault of the Jews, the gentiles, the entire world, and 
even he and I. He didn't seem to be listening. He walked 
to a chair and sat down, putting his hand over his eyes. 

"No," he said slowly, as though to himself, "it wouldn't 
have been Jesus. The blood of our people flowed from 
the time of His birth until now." There was a great 
yearning in His voice — the ancient yearning of man for 
a perfect fellowship with God. Almost immediately he 
changed. The interview was over. 

I offered him a Gospel of Matthew, but he waved it 
away. "I wouldn't read it anyway, so why waste it?" 

I put it back in my bag. "You are right," I said. "I will 
give it to someone who will read it." At the door I 
paused. "I'm sorry for you. You are a living example of 
what the Prophet Isaiah was talking about when he said 
the hearts of the Jewish people would be heavy; their 
eyes would be blind; their ears deaf, lest they see and 
hear and understand that their Messiah came, suffered, 
and died for them and that they can't ever work their 
way to heaven, but that they must come God's way. If I 
were selling it to you, you would want it, but it is so 
easy, so simple, so cheap, that people can't believe it 
could be theirs for the taking." 

I can't forget the glimpse I had of the yearning in that 
man's heart. I hope you won't forget him, either, for you 
must pray for these people with us. Though most of you 
cannot go out directly to the Jewish people, you can all 
pray for them. That is your responsibility. May He bless 
you for all your love to His people, Israel. 



HOW CAN I GIVE? 

In my contacts with the churches I have had these 
questions put to me many times by both pastors and 
people: "How can we give to the Brethren Jewish Mis- 
sion?" and "What methods are other churches using in 
their giving to the Brethren Messianic Witness?" Since 
the beginning of the Brethren Jewish mission work 



By Bruce L. Button 

there has been no set method of giving such as in home 
or foreign missions. Churches and people have sup- 
ported the work in spite of this fact. There was only one 
suggestion ever offered in regards to method — giving 
could be year-around. However, churches apparently 
are trying to find a basis for systematic giving, or why 



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these questions? I hope to answer these questions by the 
means of this article and I trust it will be of help to all. 

As the reader no doubt knows, the Brethren Jewish 
mission work does not receive any support from gifts 
designated "home missions."' These funds are used for 
other phases of the Lord's work. The only funds that do 
reach the Brethren Jewish work are those designated 
"Jewish missions." In the receiving of offerings for the 
Jewish work various methods have been developed by 
different churches. In the main, these different methods 
can be classified under one of the following headings: 
(1) Once-a-year method; (2) Year-around method; (3) 
Offering-period method; (4) Once-a-month method. All 
methods have proved workable. Perhaps one of these 
methods might be employed in your church. 

The once-a-year method is, in some measure, derived 
from Romans 1:16, "to the Jew first." The church using 
this method devotes the first Sunday in January to the 
receiving of an offering for the Jewish work. Both Sun- 
day school and church participate. The messages of the 
day are centered around fulfilled prophecy and the Jew, 
with stress placed on the necessity as well as the admo- 
nition of the Bible concerning the reaching of the Jew 
for Christ. 

The year-around method is employed in many of our 
churches. Under this method people are encouraged to 
give to the Jewish work at any time throughout the 
year. Some of the pastors from time to time call the 
attention of their people to the activity of the State of 
Israel and of happenings in the Holy Land. They also 
connect Bible prophecy with happenings of the day. 
Some of the pastors make use of the information con- 
tained in the monthly letter they receive from the 
Brethren Messianic Witness. 

The offering-period method is being used by at least 
two churches in the brotherhood. They have designated 
two months out of every year as the Jewish mission 
offering period. At the start of the period interest is 
gained through the devoting of a Sunday to the problem 
of the Jew, prophecy, and the work of the Brethren 
Messianic Witness. During the balance of the offering 
period these pastors emphasize the Jewish mission of- 
fering and present to the people the reports of the 
Brethren Jewish work and also prayer requests in con- 
nection with that work. 

The once-a-month method is also being used success- 
fully in several of our churches. One church has desig- 
nated the first Wednesday (prayer meeting) of each 
month as their Jewish mission meeting. At that time the 
Brethren Messianic Witness workers and the work are 
remembered in prayer. Special requests are made for 
individual Jews that are willing to receive testimony 
from the workers. During the meeting an offering is 
received for the Jewish work. Another church used this 
method in a little different manner. They use the first 
Sunday of each month as Jewish mission Sunday. At 
least one of the messages of the day concerns the need 
of bringing the Gospel to the Jew, or the Jew and ful- 
filled prophecy, or some other phase of the need of the 
Jew. A portion of the Sunday-school offering, together 
with specifically designated gifts and loose church offer- 
ing, is given to the Jewish work. 

The staff of the Brethren Messianic Witness is always 
ready and happy to present the Brethren Jewish work 
to any of the churches or their organizations. Or for 
those who can make use of them, the mission is also able 
to furnish 35-mm. color transparencies and accompany- 
ing sound tape or written script. Contact the writer of 



Riverside Brethren Plan New 
Church at Johnstown, Pa, 




Top: Building committee examines the blueprints. 
Left to right are Mr. Fred Bentz, Mr. Thomas Watkins, 
Mr. Thomas Johnson, Mr. Harold Hammers, Mr. Don 
Rager, Mr. Charles Matula, and Rev. Ralph C. Hall. 
Bottom: "Standing room only" indicates the need for 
additional facilities- 



Plans are almost complete for the new Riverside 
Brethren Church to be built at Johnstown, Pa. This 
home-mission church has a unique advantage in that the 
pastor, Ralph C. Hall, studied to be an engineer before 
the Lord called him into His service. With this training, 
he was able to draw the plans and thereby save the 
church money on the initial cost. We might add that this 
is just another way the Lord has used to stretch your 
home-mission dollars to provide more testimonies for 
Him. 

The present meeting place is a dwelling that has been 
converted into a church. The place is filled to capacity 
and then some, on many occasions. The new church will 
be located near the present meeting place, on a new 
location. The property now being used will be sold after 
the new building is under way. The new Riverside 
Brethren Church will soon get under way when the 
details of the plans and financing are completed. 



this article in care of the Brethren Messianic Witness, 
469 King's Rd., Los Angeles 48, Calif., to arrange for 
presentation of the Jewish work before your church or 
church organizations. 

As we attempt to minister to the Jewish people here 
in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, we do ask you to 
hold us up in prayer that we might do His will in all 
things. 



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Winona Lake, Ind. 
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Winona Lake, Ind. 



BELLFLOWER, CALIF. The First 
Brethren Church, of which Curtis G. 
Mitchell is pastor, is conducting a 
Family Bible Conference, March 18- 
26, with Dr. Gerald B. Stanton as 
the speaker. Mrs. Stanton is con- 
ducting the children's services. The 
men's brotherhood sponsored a kick- 
off banquet March 18 for the occa- 
sion. 

STOYSTOWN, PA. The Reading 
Brethren Church, John J. Burns 
pastor, was dedicated February 27 
with Rev. W. Wayne Baker, Rev. 
Victor S. Rogers, Rev. Homer Ling- 
enfelter, and Rev. H. Leslie Moore 
taking part. The Reading Brethren 
Church had its beginning in a chil- 
dren's Happy Hour during the min- 
istry of Rev. Phillip Simmons at 
Listie, Pa., and was formally organ- 
ized June 25, 1954. 

SPECIAL. The following churches 
of the Northern Ohio District are 
endeavoring to prove that they are 
mission-minded: Elyria, Mansfield 
Grace, Homerville, Cuyahoga Falls, 
and Sterling. They have given as 
many dollars to district missions as 
they have members. 

CORRECTION. After March 10 
the address of Richard Grant will be 
4915 Lakeside Dr. NE., Cedar Rapids, 
Iowa, instead of 124 34th St. NE., as 
recently given. Please change An- 
nual. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX. Rev. 
R. I. Humberd will conduct a Bible 
conference March 20-22 at the Grace 
Brethren Church, where David Tol- 
lardo is pastor. He conducted a con- 
ference March 11-18 at Taos, N. 
Mex., where Sam Horney is pastor. 

CINCINNATI, OHIO. The Stand- 
ard Publishing Company, one of the 
nation's largest religious publishing 
houses, has been purchased by The 
Publishing Foundation of Cincinnati, 
headed by John Bolton, Sr., of And- 
over, Mass. The rumored price was 
approximately $4,000,000. According 
to Attorney Samuel S. Dennis, III, of 
the Foundation, "no changes in the 



management or editorial staff or 
policies of the company are contem- 
plated." The Standard Publishing 
Company has been engaged in the 
publishing of religious periodicals 
and books since 1866. 

INGLEWOOD, CALIF. A sacred 
concert featuring the musical com- 
positions of Rev. A. H. Ackley, was 
presented at the First Brethren 
Church Feb. 27 at the evening serv- 
ice. Mr. Ackley was present to play 
some of his hymns and to explain 
their writing. Glenn O'Neal is pastor. 

COMPTON, CALIF. Norman Nel- 
son, evangelist, will be in the Orient 
for three months this spring, and 
would appreciate prayers for him 
and his work. 

TRACY, CALIF. Rev. John S. 
Teeter has accepted a call to the 
First Brethren Church and assumed 
his pastoral duties as of March 1. 
Until further notice his address will 
be in care of the church. Mrs. Lena 
Mae Gregg is the new church secre- 
tary. Her address is 443 W. Emerson. 
Please change Annual. 




AKRON, OHIO. Charles Home, 
graduate student at Grace Semi- 
nary, will join the faculty of the 
Akron Bible Institute in September. 
He is a candidate for the Master of 
Theology degree in May. He will 
teach Bible, Psychology, and serve 
as dean of men. 

LIMESTONE, TENN. Arthur Har- 
old Arrington, Jr., arrived at the 
parsonage of the Vernon Brethren 
Church on March 1, 1955, weighing 
6 lbs., 14 oz. 

ALTOONA, PA. Rev. Ralph S. 
Burns, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Clay City, Ind., has ac- 
cepted the unanimous call to become 
pastor of the First Brethren Church. 
He will assume his duties the middle 
of April. 

SEATTLE, WASH. Rev. H. E. 
Collingridge, of the Grace Brethren 
Church, held a unique baptismal 
service March 2. A county-jail pris- 
oner requested baptism and Mr. 
Collingridge. who visits the prisoners 
weekly, complied with the request. 
No facilities for complete immersion 
were available, so the church offi- 
cials decided to use the jail's only 



bathtub. A picture of the bathtub 
immersion appeared on the front 
page of the Seattle Daily Times 
March 2. The prisoner, who is held 
for manslaughter, says he wants to 
be a missionary when he is released 
from the state penitentiary. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. Eddie Cash- 
man, of Winona Lake, has accepted 
the call of the West Tenth Street 
Brethren Church to become the as- 
sistant pastor. He will begin his 
duties June 1, after graduation from 
Grace Seminary. 

WINONA LAKE. IND. Harold H. 
Etling, director of the Brethren Na- 
tional Sunday School Board, has 
been appointed to membership on 
the general committee of the Na- 
tional Sunday School Association. 

EAST LOS ANGELES, CALIF. 
Robert McCormick assumed the pas- 
torate of the Community Brethren 
Church Feb. 27. He is a senior at 
Talbot Theological Seminary and is 
physical director and coach at the 
Brethren High School in Paramount. 

BELL, CALIF. Harry Sturz com- 
pleted his pastorate at the Bell 
Brethren Church on Jan. 30 to as- 
sume a full-time professorship at the 
Bible Institute of Los Angeles. He 
will teach beginning Greek and 
English Bible. 

NORWALK, CALIF. The dedica- 
tion services of the Norwalk Breth- 
ren Church have been set for April 
3. Rev. Henry Rempel is pastor. On 
March 6 Joseph Kemp, Christian 
magician, was guest speaker at the 
Sunday-school hour. The average 
Sunday-school attendance for Jan- 
uary was 155 and for February, 185. 

WASHINGTON. D. C. The evan- 
gelical Protestant position as based 
on the Word of God will be pre- 
sented in a series of ads that is being 
made available by the National As- 
sociation of Evangelicals, according 
to announcement by Dr. Clyde W. 
Taylor, NAE secretary of affairs in 
Washington. The ads are designed to 
meet a long existing need of clarify- 
ing the Protestant position due to 
misconceptions that have arisen from 
other advertisements, and will pro- 
vide a clear-cut presentation of the 
plan of salvation according to the 
Scriptures. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Executive 
Manager Robert J. Hughes of the 
Christian Assembly, announces 14 
conferences and conventions plus the 
usual six-week Winona Lake Bible 
Conference for the season beginning 
the first week in June and ending 
on Labor Day. 



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"I WILL COME AGAIN" 




There is one Biblical teaching 
standing out more and more in these 
days. It is a doctrine which has 
caused some to stumble, and to set 
dates. It has caused some to make 
themselves foolish. But on the other 
hand, this doctrine of which I write 
is one that has brought comfort to 
thousands of Christians. It has been 
responsible for causing them to live 
lives of watchfulness, self-restraint, 
and prayer. It has been the force 
which has moved many to become 
soul-winners and to leave no stone 
unturned for the Saviour. 

I refer to the doctrine of Christ's 
second coming. Of the 260 chapters 
in the New Testament, this unique 
teaching is referred to some 318 
times — once in every 25 verses. Cer- 
tainly God considered it to be of 
great importance. 

Now then, why is our Lord com- 
ing back again? There are various 
reasons, but we shall consider just 
two. 

To Receive His Bride 
Jesus is coming again to receive 
His own unto himself. A key Scrip- 
ture is John 14:3. Jesus said: "And 
if I go and prepare a place for you, 
I will come again, and receive you 
unto myself; that where I am, there 
ye may be also." Please bear in 
mind our Lord was addressing born- 
again Christians only. 




By M. LEON MYERS 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 

Akron. Ohio 



Have you ever watched a prospec- 
tive groom preparing a home for his 
future bride? It is one of the most 
loving scenes to behold. In a former 
pastorate in Iowa, I knew a young 
man who did that very thing. Every 
night after leaving his occupational 
work, he would go to the house he 
was preparing. He would often labor 
until the wee hours of the morning. 
Such energy! Such initiative! He 
spent hour upon hour painting, 
sanding floors, building archways. 
He even dug a basement and in- 
stalled a furnace all by himself. I 
watched him one Saturday afternoon 
as he erected a brick chimney. Such 
long hours did he labor, and such 
little rest did he get, that I was 
afraid he would injure his health. 

And why did he do it? Why, be- 
cause he was in love with a beauti- 
ful young lady who was soon to 
become his bride. With every brush 
of paint he thought of her. Every 
nail he drove was a token of love. 
For her there was nothing too good. 
There was no sacrifice too great. 

Christians, our lover is Jesus 
Christ. His love is infinitely greater 
than the love of any earthly groom 
for his bride. And He is in heaven 
today, planning and working, get- 
ting ready for our homecoming. 

And what a home He is preparing! 
Our finest homes on earth are only a 
few months in the building. But 
think of it — Jesus Christ, our lover, 
has already been working for over 
1,900 years. Words could never de- 
scribe the place He is preparing. The 
Scriptures themselves cannot pre- 
sent all the glories. They simply say: 
"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, 
neither have entered into the heart 
of man, the things which God hath 
prepared for them that love him." 
How greatly Jesus must love us! It 
is this love which will cause Him to 
"come again" and receive us unto 
himself. 

To Glorify His Bride 
Jesus will "come again" to give 
glorified bodies to His own. In Phi- 
lippians, chapter 3, God says: "For 
our conversation is in heaven: from 
whence also we look for the Sav- 
iour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who 
shall change our vile body, that it 
may be fashioned like unto his glo- 
rious body." 
Paul says that these bodies are 



"vile," or as it is in the original, 
"humiliating." We must feed them 
three times a day or they die. They 
are subject to illnesses. Illness 
speaks of the fact that the body is 
frail. It is a bit embarrassing to a 
strong young man to be humbled to 
the place where he is laid aside for 
a time. 

These natural bodies are subject 
to sin. It is humiliating when one 
must admit he is a sinner. It injures 
his pride. And most people refuse to 
accept the fact that "there is none 
righteous, no not one." This is the 
reason so few accept Christ as only 
Saviour. 

These bodies are subject to fail- 
ures. I have heard men argue and 
fight and swear when it was implied 
that they had failed. Man will ex- 
cuse himself and seek to lay the 
blame on anyone and everyone. 
Why? Because it is humiliating to 
be forced to admit these natural 
bodies are subject to failures. 

Indeed, these are "bodies of hu- 
miliation," as Paul declares. But 
when Jesus comes, they shall be 
conformed to the body of His glory. 
His is a body not subject to sickness, 
fatigue, suffering, and death. 

When our Lord arose from the 
grave, He could go from one place to 
another with the speed of thought. 
No barrier could restrain Him. Re- 
call the story concerning Christ's 
appearance to His disciples. They 
had gathered in a room. The door 
was bolted fast. They were fearful 
lest the Jews would arrest them. 
Then suddenly, without opening the 
door, Christ appeared before them. 

Such was the body of His glory. 
And that, by the grace of God, shall 
be ours also. Someday the saints 
will be perfect and complete in every 
detail, not subject to the humiliating 
things which now hinder. He "shall 
change our vile body, that it may 
be fashioned like unto his glorious 
body." What a precious hope! 

Christian, are you waiting long- 
ingly, expectantly for the Lord's re- 
turn? A special crown in heaven is 
promised those who love His ap- 
pearing, for Paul writes: "There is 
laid up for me a crown of righteous- 
ness, which the Lord, the righteous 
judge, shall give me at that day: and 
not to me only, but unto all them 
also that love his appearing." 



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X. LL. t5 Christian's glorious hope 
lies in the fact that the Lord Jesus 
Christ will suddenly come to set up 
His thousand-year reign upon the 
earth, which is commonly called the 
Milennium. The anxious eyes of be- 
lievers should ever be turned up- 
ward toward heaven looking for the 
"King of kings and Lord of lords" 
to break through the clouds in His 
regal splendor. The Scriptures war- 
rant the belief that a universal 
blessedness of worldwide righteous- 
ness and prosperity will be realized 
simultaneously with Christ's literal, 
visible return to earth in glory. The 
Millennium is dependent upon His 
arrival. "Even so, come. Lord Jesus." 
There are, technically speaking, 
two distinct phases of the second 
coming of Christ. He will first come 
from heaven to secretly rapture His 
church, and then after seven years 
will visibly and gloriously return to 
establish His millennial kingdom on 
earth. In this article the two phases 
will not be treated separately, but 
will be viewed as one great event. 
The main emphasis is upon the glo- 
rious hope that Jesus is coming soon 
to set up His rule upon earth. There 
can be no kingdom until the King 
arrives; therefore, all eyes ought to 
be focused upon the skies from 
whence will come the great Re- 
deemer and Prince of Peace. 

The Intention of the Glorious Hope 

Indeed, the believer's walk should 
be characterized by the uplifted gaze. 
The intention of the glorious hope is 
to set our eyes heavenward, and 
keep us in a state of expectancy. 
Paul's exultant words respecting the 
Thessalonians might well be applied 
to all believers, that they "turned 
unto God from idols, to serve a liv- 
ing and true God, and to wait for 
his Son from heaven" (I Thess. 1:9- 
10). It is the prominent theme of the 
New Testament epistles and is men- 
tioned 318 times in the New Testa- 
ment. One verse in every 30 is occu- 
pied with the expectation of His 
advent. 

The glorious hope shines out of 
Paul's letters to the Thessalonians 
and to Timothy. Paul constantly an- 
ticipated the crown he was to re- 
ceive at the Redeemer's appearing. 
James encouraged his followers with 
these thrilling words: "Be ye also 
patient; establish your hearts; for 
the coming of the Lord is at hand" 
(Jas. 5:8). Peter exhorted men to 
godliness by the motive, "Looking 



for and hastening unto the coming of 
the day of God"" (II Pet. 3:12). 

John's final words in the Book of 
the Revelation are: "Surely, I come 
quickly." These men, speaking by 
the Spirit of the living God, know 
there can be no reign of universal 
righteousness, no redemption of the 
body, no defeating of Satan, no de- 
liverance of a groaning creation, and 
no Millennium until Christ himself 
comes personally in mighty, majes- 
tic power to establish it. 

The Imminence of the Glorious Hope 

Premillennialism is truly our glo- 
rious hope. We are not only confi- 
dent that Jesus must come before 
the thousand-year period of un- 
equaled peace and prosperity will 
be realized, but we are also confi- 
dent that our hope will soon be ful- 
filled. Today we are one day nearer 
the establishment of the kingdom 
than we were yesterday. Each time 
the clock ticks we are moving 
toward that glorious day when we 
shall live and reign with Christ. 
What a glorious hope! To live day 
by day in eager anticipation of His 
coming. 

Are you looking for His coming 




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THE 

GLORIOUS 

HOPE 

By RICHARD GRANT 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 



today? Are you praying that His 
appearing will be today? Are you 
living as if today were the the day? 
Are you witnessing as if today were 
your last opportunity to speak to 
that precious lost soul that God has 
laid on your heart? The Apostle 
Paul, in his day, looked for the 
morrow to usher in the kingdom. 
Paul lived expectantly. There was 
to his mind the immediate possibil- 
ity of the Lord's coming in his life- 
time. In I Thessalonians 4:17, Paul 
speaks of himself and others who 
may survive till the Lord's coming: 
"Then we which are alive and re- 
main shall be caught up together 
with them in the clouds, to meet the 
Lord in the air: and so shall we ever 
be with the Lord." 

The Importance of the Glorious Hope 

We ought to be looking for the 
blessed hope. That is, expecting it 
with fervent desire. We should be 
praying for it and seeking to hasten 
it. For it is the hope that shall bring 
the Jew his Messiah; it shall bring 
the groaning creation's emancipa- 
tion; it shall bring nature a freedom 
from thorns and thistles; it shall 
usher in a knowledge of the true and 
living God to those who scoff and 
ridicule the humble Bible-believing 
Christian; and to the church, the 
waiting bride, it shall bring the per- 
sonal presence of the heavenly 
Bridegroom. And, above all things, 
it will bring to Jesus His kingdom 
and His rightful, long-denied throne. 

How glorious a hope is ours! What 
a joy to have the hope of one day 
receiving all knowledge, to fully un- 
derstand the mysteries of science, to 
fathom the marvels of the blue be- 
yond, to uncover the hidden secrets 
of nature, to be able to understand 
the inner workings of our own souls, 
and, above all else, to finally see 
Christ face to face. What a thrilling 
future! This future hope is all de- 
pendent upon the time that Jesus 
Christ shall be glorified as King of 
kings according to the eternal pur- 
pose of God the Father. 

Our hearts should rejoice as we 
ponder upon the truth that today 
might be the day of His appearing. 
Prophetically speaking, there is 
nothing to hinder His immediate re- 
turn. The next great event in God's 
revealed timetable is the imminent 
return of our Lord. For Jesus said, 
"Surely, I come quickly." Therefore, 
brethren, "look up, and lift up your 
heads; for your redemption draweth 
nigh" (Luke 21:28). 



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SPIRITUALISM 



Every false cult is peeved by some 
doctrine or teachings of the Bible. 
For the Word of God — true "dis- 
cerner of the thoughts and intents of 
the heart" — when rightly divided, 
glaringly reveals false doctrine and 
the followers thereof as the pervert- 
ers of truth they are actually. This 
is quite true of spiritualism, as is 
seen when one considers — 

Spiritualism's Attitude of the Bible 

J. Arthur Hill, a once-prominent 
spiritualist, has said that the Bible 
accounts of the life of Christ are 
far less correct than Sir William 
Crookes' experiments with "Katie 
King." a "spirit" which Medium 
Cookes is alleged to make appear at 
his command. Hill further said: "If 
spiritualistic evidence is not suffi- 
cient to produce belief in an unprej- 
udiced mind, the Biblical evidence is 
far less so." Why do spiritualists 
consider the Scriptures insufficient? 

Because the Holy Spirit is the 
true Author of the Bible, the con- 
tents of the Word of God strike out 
against familiar spirits and the false 
doctrine that belief in such spirits is 
necessary to a vital faith in God. 
Thus spiritualists greatly dislike Bi- 
ble doctrine such as that found in 
Leviticus 19:31. For there the Holy 
Spirit makes it plain, through Moses' 
writing, that it is a sin to regard 
(that is, inquire of) them that have 
familiar spirits or to look for wiz- 
ards. For to put one's trust in such 
spirits would result in that person 
being defiled and consequently out 
of fellowship with God. 

Nor do spiritualists enjoy the som- 
ber words of Leviticus 20:6: "And 
the soul that turneth after such as 
have familiar spirits, and after wiz- 
ards, to go a whoring after them, I 
will even set my face against that 
soul, and will cut him off from 
among his people." It must be men- 
tioned in passing that the expression 
"to go a whoring," as used in Leviti- 
cus 20:6 does not mean literal sex- 
ual misconduct.* Rather, the teach- 
ing is very plain that those who put 
their confidence in spirits, as do 



spiritualists, are guilty of turning 
away from God and putting their 
trust in false gods! 

The low attitude of spiritualism 
regarding the Bible is shown by that 
cult's effort to make spiritualists out 
of God's angels and Bible charac- 
ters. One spiritualist says Balaam 
"saw spirits and was a trance speak- 
er." Samuel was a medium, because 
he was able to tell Saul where his 
lost asses were! Angels, such as 
those that visited Abraham, Corne- 
lius, and those at Jesus' sepulcher, 
were spirits. When Jesus talked with 
Moses and Elijah on the mountain- 
top, in the presence of Peter, John, 
and James, our blessed Lord was 
talking with spirits, say many spir- 
itualists! Can you imagine Jesus 
Christ breaking the law of Moses 
and regarding familiar spirits, which 
is what He would be doing, if spir- 
itualism's interpretation oj Matthew 
17:1-8 is true. In the light of what 
has just been said it is not surpris- 
ing that — 

Spiritualism Has a Low Opinion of 
the Holy Spirit 

Spiritualism considers the Third 
Person of the Godhead only as a 
chief spirit. This is shown in a spir- 
itualist hymn in which spirits are 
called "holy ministers of light" and 
in another part of the hymn the 
Holy Spirit is asked to send "Thy 
messengers of light," referring to 
spirits to be conjured up by false 
spiritualist mediums. The "holy spir- 
it" of spiritualism is not the Holy 
Spirit sent by Christ to indwell be- 
lievers to teach, guide, and comfort 
them. Spiritualism's "holy spirit" is 
one of their Spirits (they capitalize 



the word) which "when freed from 
the bondage of time and sense, freed 
from the struggle for bread and but- 
ter and economic circumstances . . . 
seek to come back and cooperate 
with us to make this world we live 
in a much better one." 

Spiritualism's Opinion of Christ 

Spiritualists do not know whether 
Christ was a man. in spite of the 
plainest teachings of Christ on the 
subject throughout the Gospels. 
Speaking of Christ, one noted spir- 
itualist said: 

"I do not know what he was. He 
came in the form of humanity, but 
some of his healing and other pow- 
ers, as well as his teaching and life 
and the tremendous effect thereof, 
suggest that he was, at least, greater 
than any human being of whom we 
have reliable or fairly reliable ac- 
counts. 

"If Buddha was an actual man. he 
may have been a similar being, for 
his effect on the world has also been 
immense . . . ." 

Then the aforesaid spiritualist 
compares Christ with many oriental 
deities, with Emerson and many 
other poets, and places them on the 
same plane as Christ. Then come 
these telling words of the spiritual- 
ist: "But to me, and I suppose to 
most spiritualists also, knowledge of 
the exact nature of these great souls 
does not seem likely to be necessary 
for salvation." So spiritualism says 
that salvation is possible without 
knowing Christ, in spite of I Tim- 
othy 2:5. 

Spiritualism talks a lot about spir- 
its. But spiritualism is not spiritual: 
it is just a false ism. 



•This refers to excessive religious infidel- 
ity on the part of those turning from the 
true God to give themselves, body and soul, 
to false deities. 



Is Not Spiritual 



By BEN HAMILTON 

RESEARCH LIBRARIAN, GRACE SEMINARY 
WINONA LAKE. IND. 



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The subject of the baptism of the 
Holy Spirit has been greatly misun- 
derstood by many people through 
the years. We arrive at such a con- 
clusion when we examine the vari- 
ous views that are erroneous and 
un-Scriptural. There is also a need 
to review the Biblical position in 
order that we might better under- 
stand and appreciate the work of the 
Holy Spirit in relation to the salva- 
tion of the believer. 

ERRONEOUS VIEWS 

That the baptism of the Holy 
Spirit is the second blessing. This 
view makes the work of the Holy 
Spirit subsequent to conversion and 
salvation. It confuses the infilling of 
the Spirit with the baptism of the 
Spirit. 

Another error states that the bap- 
tism of the Holy Spirit is a gift 
whereby one is enabled to talk in 
tongues. It is sought after by the 
believer as tangible evidence of sal- 
vation. It is supposed to represent a 
great achievement on the part of the 
seeker. 

Still another error maintains that 
the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the 
work resulting in sinless perfection. 
This view may claim that sin is 
eradicated and the individual who is 
so blessed with the work is perfect. 
Finally, there is the erroneous 
claim that the baptism of the Spirit 
is tantamount to sanctification. This 
view usually makes sanctification 
distinct from, yet parallel to, salva- 
tion. One might expect the advocate 
of this doctrine to testify that he is 
saved and sanctified. Although it is 
not my purpose to expose the weak- 
nesses of these errors at this place, 
it is not beside the point to suggest 
that the Holy Spirit is not presented 
in the Bible as the sanctifier of the 
believer. We can well afford to spend 
time with pertinent Scriptures that 
plainly declare that it is the Word 
that sanctifies (Heb. 10:10; John 17: 
17; I Thess. 5:23). 

BIBLICAL VIEW 

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is 
known as regeneration or the new 
birth. It is a work of God whereby a 
believer is ushered into a new and 
spiritual life with God. It occurs si- 
multaneously with conversion rather 
than subsequent to it. The baptism 
is done but once; thereafter infill - 
ings may take place. The baptism of 
the Spirit remains effective and per- 
manent. 



THE BAPTISM 



OF THE HOLY SPIRBT 



By DR. NORMAN UPHOUSE 
GRACE SEMINARY 



Old Testament Background 

Ezekiel 36:26 and 11:19 give us a 
prophecy of the work of the Holy 
Spirit. "I will give you a new heart 
and I will put a new spirit within 
you." Perhaps this is the reference 
Jesus had in mind when he asked 
Nicodemus: 'Art thou a teacher 
of Israel and knowest not these 
things?" 

A good analogy is found in Ezekiel 
37, where we find the picture of re- 
vived Israel in the last days. 

New Testament References 

The most familiar section on the 
new birth is John 3. Nevertheless, 
there are professing Christians who 
do not know about it. In some in- 
stances, this condition may be ac- 
counted for by faulty teaching, and 
yet the Holy Spirit has honored the 
sincerity of the believer and accom- 
plished the work. The individual 
may not be able to describe it in 
adequate terminology; yet he has 
had the real experience. There are 
others who are Christian in name, 
but who have never been born again. 
This company constitute a tragic 
group because they cannot enter the 
kingdom of God. Hence, one can 
readily see that a careful study of 
the subject is very important. The 
following outline presents principles 
involved in the baptism of the Holy 
Spirit. 

1. The baptism of the Holy Spirit 
is essential to salvation (John 3:6). 

2. It is the starting point in spir- 
itual growth (II Pet. 1:4). 

3. It is an instantaneous work 
(John 5:24). 

4. It is a radical change (I Cor. 
12:3; II Cor. 5:17). 

5. It is a work outside the realm 
of the sense perception, but belongs 
to consciousness (John 3:8). 

6. It makes us children of God, 
thereby members of the family of 
God (John 1:12). 

7. It changes the governing dis- 
position of life (Ps. 51:10). 



8. It changes the moral relation 
of the soul (Eph. 2:5). 

The question that comes to the 
honest inquirer is. How can I know 
that I am born again? or. What are 
the evidences of the baptism of the 
Holy Spirit? The answer is that one 
simply meets the spiritual conditions 
and then stands upon the Word of 
God. The Bible says that Christians 
are baptized by the Spirit. Children 
of God walk by faith and believe 
God. Jesus had much to say about 
those who looked for signs. He had 
no commendation for those who 
walked by sight, but He did com- 
mend those of great faith. It was not 
considered wise to be looking for 
external manifestations as proof for 
the promises of God. It was better to 
accept God's Word. Nevertheless, we 
might know the conditions and re- 
gard them as sufficient evidence. 
Where these conditions exist, one 
may be assured that he is baptized 
by the Holy Spirit. 

Conditions leading to, and the evi- 
dences of, the baptism of the Holy 
Spirit: 

1. One believes in Jesus as the 
Christ (I John 5:1). 

2. He has a love for Christ (I 
John 5:1). 

3. The Holy Spirit witnesses to 
him that he is a child of God (Rom. 
8:16). 

4. He has victory over worldli- 
ness (I John 5:4; 3:9; 5:18). 

5. He practices righteousness and 
not sin (I John 2:29). 

After the baptism of the Spirit the 
believer has a new nature. He may 
fall into sin, but he does something 
about it to get out of sin. The un- 
forgiven sinner, on the other hand, 
commits sin and takes pleasure in it. 
The difference is similar to that 
which exists among sheep and hogs. 
A sheep may fall into the mudhole, 
but will scramble to get out. The hog 
will stay in the mud and like it. It is 
not without significance that Chris- 
tians were designated as sheep and 
not hogs. Let us make sure we are 
born from above and have an aver- 
sion to sin. 



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GOD 



The Bible does not attempt to 
prove the existence of God. It af- 
firms His eternal being and then 
proceeds on that fact without argu- 
ment: "In the beginning God." In 
the Bible God reveals himself by 
many different names. These names 
serve as a medium of communica- 
tion through which the infinite God, 
insofar as possible, is revealed to 
man. Each of His names reveals 
something of His character not found 
in any other name or revelation. 
Thus it is that in Genesis 1:1 His 
name corresponds to His power in 
creation, and He is called "Elohim" 
— "the strong one," or "He who is to 
be feared." When God's sovereignty 
over His creation appears, the name 
"Adonai" is used. This name often 
appears in our English text as "my 
Lord," or "my Master." This is the 
name used in Genesis 15:2. where 
God's sovereignty is recognized in 
the address by Abram in which he 
says. "Lord God, what wilt thou 
give me . . .?" 

In Hebrews 11:6 and Exodus 3:14 
the eternal being of God is affirmed. 
In the Hebrews passage the writer is 
speaking of events in the lives of 
Abel and Enoch. These men lived 
about four thousand years before the 
epistle to the Hebrews was written. 
Yet, in this connection, the writer 
refers to God in the present tense — 
"God is." No one can "please God" 
who does not believe this fact. This 
is a revelation of the nature of God 
as to His eternal existence. This 
prepares us to look now at the pas- 
sage from Exodus, "I AM THAT I 
AM." This is the name Moses was 
told to use to reveal to the children 
of Israel the nature of the true God 
who was about to deliver them from 
slavery in Egypt: "Say unto the 
children of Israel, I AM hath sent 
me unto you." 

GOD IS UNCHANGEABLE 

"Notice that 'I AM' is present 
tense, not past or future. God did 
not become, nor will He become, but 
ever is. With Him is an eternal pres- 
ent. He is ever the same, unchange- 
able. With Jehovah there are no 
tenses. Because His name lays stress 
upon the unchangeableness of God, 



it is used as God's covenant name, 
to designate that He is always true 
to His covenant promises, ever the 
same towards His covenant people, 
the same towards the children as 
towards the fathers" (M. J. Bosma, 
in "Exposition of Reformed Doc- 
trine"). 

GOD IS ETERNAL 

In John 8:58, Jesus declares him- 
self to be the Eternal One. The Jews 
have sought to engage Him in con- 
troversy by claiming the superiority 
of Abraham. He answers them with 
His greatest claim to Deity in the 
words of Exodus 3:14: "Before Abra- 
ham was, I AM." 

The passage in Genesis 1:1 bears 
testimony to the triunity of God — 
that God is one God eternally exist- 
ing in three persons. The passage in 
Exodus 3:14. when read with John 
8:58 and Hebrews 11:6, reveals Jesus 
Christ as pervading all time, and so 
timeless in His eternal existence. As 
it is true of the Father, so it is true 
of the Son, and of the Spirit: "He 
that cometh to God must believe that 
He is." 

GOD IS HOLY 

In his splendid book, "The Mag- 
nificence of Jesus," Dr. Harry Rim- 
mer has pointed out that of all the 
attributes of Deity, holiness heads 
the list. He then defined holiness as 
"self-affirming purity." In defining 
the meaning of "attributes" Dr. 
Rimmer says: "The attributes of God 
are those distinguishing characteris- 
tics of the nature of God which are 
inseparable from the idea of deity, 
and which constitute the basis and 
grounds for His various manifesta- 
tions to His creatures." This would 
mean that the attributes of God are 
distinct from the attributes of man. 
History bears testimony to the same 
fact. In Psalm 145:17, it is written: 
"The Lord is righteous in all his 
ways, and holy in all his works." 
The challenge of Jesus (John 8:46), 
"Which of you convinceth me of 
sin?" remains a challenge unan- 
swered to this day. To prove God 
less than holy would be to prove 
Him less than God, and would bring 
the entire universe into collapse and 
ruin around our heads. 

On the other hand, we can say 
that lack of holiness, or sin, is the 
first attribute of man. David, in 
Psalm 14:3, declares this awful fact 
in these words: "They are all gone 
aside, they are all together become 



By DR. W. A. OGDEN 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 
Johnstown. Pa. 



filthy: there is none that doeth good, 
no not one." Our Saviour recognized 
the same, and said: "Ye are of your 
father the devil, and the lusts of 
your father it is your will to do." 
Paul, in his great polemic in the 
epistle to the Romans, traces the 
history of man as to his moral state 
and concludes with the words of 
David in the psalm just quoted 
above: ". . . for we before laid to the 
charge both of Jews and Greeks, 
that they are all under sin; as it is 
written, There is none righteous, no, 
not one; there is none that under- 
standeth, there is none that seeketh 
after God; they have all turned 
aside, they are together become un- 
profitable; there is none that doeth 
good, no, not so much as one" 
(ASV). 

God must have some attribute 
other than that of holiness, or man 
must be forever banished from His 
sight and from His presence. 

GOD IS JUST 

I shall only say on this point that 
the justice of God will not allow 
Him to permit sin in His presence, 
nor allow that sin shall go unpun- 
ished in His universe. He cannot 
allow His mercy to operate at the 
expense of His justice. 

GOD IS MERCIFUL 

When Lot fully realized the awful 
judgment about to fall upon Sodom, 
as he stood outside her doomed 
walls, he said: "Behold now, thy 
servant hath found grace in thy 
sight, and thou hast magnified thy 
mercy, which thou has shewed unto 
me in saving my life." David, in 
Psalm 103, is celebrating the good- 
ness of the Lord in the redemption 
of his soul, and in the kindness 
shown to Israel in the days of Moses, 
and finds but one explanation for it: 
"The Lord is merciful and gracious, 
slow to anger, and plenteous in 
mercy." When the "weeping proph- 
et" considered the badness of Israel 
and thought upon his own sins, he 
cried: "It is of the Lord's mercies 
that we are not consumed, because 
his compassions fail not." The entire 
doctrine of salvation is based upon 
this truth. 



March 19, 7955 



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PEOPLE VANISH 



(AN ALLEGORY) 



It was a day in the year , not 

a very special day so far as weather 
is concerned. Snow in Alaska, heat 
in Africa, rain in Seattle, Wash., 
wind in Chicago. People all over the 
earth were going about their busi- 
ness the same as any other day in 
the year. 

The stock market on Wall Street 
was holding steady. There was an- 
other revolution in South America. 
Politicians were going around tell- 
ing people how they planned to re- 
duce taxes. Another dictator had 
taken over in Germany, or was it 
France? — oh. well, one of those 
countries in Europe. Just so he 
doesn't bother us over here! 

Little Sue and John down the 
street were married this morning 
and have started on their honey- 
moon trip to Canada. 

It was about 4:30 in the afternoon 
when the first report came to the 
local newspaper office. A prominent 
local businessman reported that his 
wife had disappeared. He had gone 
home from work at the usual time 
to find his supper on the stove, burnt 
to a crisp. He searched everywhere, 
but could not locate his wife. The 
first time in 30 years of marriage 
anything like this had happened. 

Deacon Jones from the big church 
on the corner gave the next report. 
He had been talking to the pastor 
about cutting his contribution next 
year if padded cushions weren't pur- 
chased for the pews. He said the 
preacher excused himself for a mo- 
ment to go into his study for some- 
thing. Poor Deacon became over- 
wrought when he was kept waiting 
for 10 minutes; so he went bursting 
into the pastor's study in a fit of 
temper, only to discover the room 
empty. Deacon Jones just can't un- 
derstand, the only door was under 
his surveillance and the window was 
a good 30 feet above the ground. 

A report is coming in from Africa 
now. Half a village has disappeared 
in Kenya. Survivors don't recall see- 
ing anything out of order, but they 
think possibly a huge beast devoured 
the missing. 

Here's a report from China, where 



By LESLIE L. CHAMBERLAIN, Jr. 
Johnstown, Pa. 



the people say a huge man with 
eight arms came into a city and re- 
moved several people. The people 
have disappeared, but the story of 
the monster has not been verified. 

A report from Moscow tells that 
several peasants have escaped from 
a work farm. They cannot explain 
how they got away without severing 
the barbed wire or without being 
seen by the guards. 

A prominent physicist and atomic 
research worker has exclaimed that 
the disappearance may be due to a 
molecular reaction from a hydrogen 
bomb explosion behind the Iron 
Curtain. He feels that the people 
may have been sprayed with the 
dust carried by the winds in the 
stratosphere, causing them to dis- 
integrate. We know this is untrue. 
The Power that made these people 
vanish was greater than 10,000 hy- 
drogen bombs. 

The United States has put the 
blame on Russia. They say the Com- 
munists have taken these people in 
an effort to demoralize the world. 
We know this is untrue because the 
Force that took these people did not 
do it to demoralize, but rather be- 
cause the world was already im- 
moralized. 

More reports are pouring in. China 
blames Japan, and troops are being 
sent to Japan to recover the missing. 

Canada has joined Mexico and 
South America in blaming the U. S. 
for this turmoil. Already they are 
preparing at their borders for an 
invasion. 

Germany, France, and England 
have allied themselves against Rus- 
sia and bombers are flying to Mos- 
cow. 

What confusion! No one knows 
where to turn! All is a turmoil! 

I am so thankful I will never see 
this strife. For the day of which I 
speak is that glorious day when my 
Lord appears in the heavens to call 
His saints home to Him. What a joy 



when we meet our Saviour face to 
face! 

Back on earth, when they finally 
(if they ever do) realize what has 
taken place, they will be blaming 
one another because they were left 
behind. The rich man will say, "But 
I gave so much." Yet, he forgets that 
he wouldn't receive God's Gift, Jesus 
Christ. The self-righteous man will 
say, "But I did so much." Yet, he 
wouldn't confess his sins and depend 
on Jesus' shed blood for cleansing. 
The man who is working out his 
own salvation is busier than ever. 
The multitudes will say, "But we 
didn't believe . . . ." STOP THERE, 
and say no more. That is where the 
blame belongs— THEY DIDN'T BE- 
LIEVE. 

This may be your last time to 
believe. Do you want to be able to 
see the Master when He returns? 
Only His people will be able to see 
Him. Will you believe that only 
through Christ can you hope for sal- 
vation? Don't say, "I can't believe." 
Lean upon the cross and say, "I 
BELIEVE." (Read Matthew 24; 37: 
8-9, and Acts 1:7). 



Conemaugh, Pa. 

Members and friends of the Singer 
Hill Grace Brethren Church hon- 
ored their pastor, Kenneth E. Wilt, 
and family at a reception recently in 
the church. 

Brother Wilt served as the supply 
pastor for two years before taking 
over the church full time several 
months ago. He and his family moved 
into this district from Altoona, Pa., 
last December. While living in Al- 
toona. Brother Wilt was active in 
Gideon work — he served as presi- 
dent of the camp for three years. He 
was treasurer of the Altoona Bible 
Institute for four years, served as 
president of the Child Evangelism 
Fellowship, and filled pulpits in the 
Altoona area before coming to Singer 
Hill. 

Brother Wilt was licensed to the 
gospel ministry in the Brethren 
Church on June 20, 1954, and will be 
ordained this coming June. He is a 
graduate of the Altoona High School 
and has been a student at the Al- 
toona Bible Institute, where he is 
presently furthering his studies. 

While under his guidance and su- 
pervision the past two years, a new 
parsonage has been built, and a new 
organ installed in the church, as 
well as many souls won to the Lord. 
— Mrs. John Stennett, secretary. 



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The BRETHREN 



MISSIONARY 




EDUCATIONAL NUMBER 



MARCH 26, 1955 



March 25 — Lake Odessa, Mich. 
March 30 — Grace Seminary Chapel 

Berne, Ind. 
March 31 — Dayton, Ohio, First 
April 1 — Meyersdale, Pa. 



April 2 — Waynesboro, Pa.. Radio 
Waynesboro, Pa., First 

April 3 — Hagerstown, Md. 

Martinsburg, W. Va. 
Winchester, Va. 



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1955 spring (Hantevt Sour 



(SEE PAGE 202) 



April 4 — Philadelphia, Pa. 
April 5 — Leamersville, Pa. 
April 6 — Martinsburg, Pa. 
April 7 — Johnstown, Pa. 
April 8 — Canton, Ohio 



April 10 — Akron, Ohio 
Wooster, Ohio 
Ashland, Ohio 
Mansfield, Ohio 

April 17 — New Troy, Mich. 



EDITORIALS 

By Vice President Paul R. Bauman 




64,000,000 Churchless Americans 

Many are saying that ours is a day of religious revival, 
and numerous articles have been written to tell of vast 
increases in church attendance. If anyone were to ask 
the average individual how many Americans belong to 
some church, he would probably say, "Almost all of 
them." The real facts are startling. The most reliable 
statistics show that 64,000.000 Americans — 40.5 percent 
of our population — are not even claimed as church 
members. This figure is the more remarkable because 
some denominations count as members, not merely ac- 
tive churchgoers, but anyone who was ever baptized or 
affiliated with the group. 

In a recent article, Jerome Nathanson, chairman of 
the board of leaders for the New York Society of Eth- 
ical Culture, tries to justify the attitude possessed by 
nearly half the country's people. He says: 'Americans 
who do not go to church are not without faith; nor is it 
true that life has neither meaning nor purpose for them. 
. . . For some have a faith that resists conformity, that 
impels a man to face the problems of life and death and 
God and the hereafter for himself, that considers creeds 
or rituals an unnecessary part of true religious affirma- 
tion." 

It is hardly surprising that such individuals do not 
wish to be bound by "theology," for theology has some- 
thing to say about sin and sets standards by which it 
may be judged. Mr. Nathanson feels that most of Amer- 
ica's unchurched population "try to lead a life which 
is honorable, productive, satisfying, right, and good — for 
them." But he admits that "it may or may not be right 
and good for someone else." 

Such humanism, of course, is nothing new. Long ago 
the Apostle Paul wrote of men who "did not like to 
retain God in their knowledge" (Rom. 1:28). Refusing 
to recognize divine revelation, they had nothing left to 
guide them but their own "reprobate mind" (vs. 28). 
The tragic results of such a philosophy are well known 
to all who are willing to read either the Bible or profane 
history. Men fell into the awful pit of iniquity more fully 
described in the same chapter. With 64,000,000 people 
embracing the same philosophy, is it any wonder that 
America today faces problems in adult and juvenile 
crime unparalleled in our history? Should we be sur- 
prised when we are told that one out of every three 
homes ends in shipwreck? Should we expect anything 
but the frustrations which have filled our mental insti- 
tutions everywhere until they are overflowing. Is Amer- 
ica beginning to pay the price of "all the nations that 
forget God" (Ps. 9:17)? 

9,000.000 Mental Sufferers in America 

According to Mary Jane Ward, author of "The Snake 



Pit," "Nine million people in the United States suffer 
mental and emotional ills, and 55 percent of our hos- 
pital patients are mentally ill." Richard Weil, Jr., pres- 
ident of the National Association for Mental Health, 
recently made a startling disclosure. He reports that 
with almost 750,000 mental patients actually in hospitals, 
accounting for more than half of all patients in all hos- 
pitals for all diseases, mental illness took a greater toll 
last year than ever before in United States history. It is 
added that more people will enter mental institutions 
this year than will enter college, and that, if the present 
rates continue, 1 out of every 12 persons born this year 
will spend some time in a mental institution. Miss Ward 
declares that one of the reasons for the increase in men- 
tal illness is the "loss of faith in the family as a focal 
point." Other reasons which she mentions are less belief 
in religion, World War II, the Korean War. and the 
increased pressure of living. 

Miss Ward's analysis can hardly be taken lightly, 
especially in view of the fact that more than 40 percent 
of our population claim membership in no church or 
other religious organization. Admittedly, we are living 
in days of pressure and tension unparalleled in the 
world's history. But are these sufficient to account for 
the mental difficulties of the present hour? Man seeks to 
"face the problems for himself," but he finds not the 
answer. He seeks for peace, but he finds it not. Verily, 
"Destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way 
of peace have they not known" (Rom. 3:16-17), and 
"there is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked" (Isa. 
57:21). 

Pills That Make People Happy 

Men have tried various methods in the long search for 
a way of bringing peace to troubled minds. And now 
comes the latest. Today there are new, reportedly safe, 
drugs that can "lift your mood" if you're blue and list- 
less, bring you down to earth if you're too excited, make 
you pleasant if you've been cantankerous. It is claimed 
that the drugs can help you weather simple emotional 
storms — the kind encountered in everyday living — or 
they can help the individual who is hospitalized by a 
mental disorder. Researchers say that one of these 
works on the brain "to restore emotionally tired or de- 
pressed patients to their usual level of interest, alert- 
ness, and productivity." The drug is declared to be 
especially valuable in helping healthy people to get 
over those inevitable trying periods of life which can 
involve such things as money, family, job, marriage, or 
loss of a loved one. 

Assuming that the claims for such "happiness pills" 
are not exaggerated, the sad fact remains that the real 

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CHALLENGE OF 
CHRISTIAN JOURNALISM 



Did you ever stop to think of the tremendous power 
of a thin film of ink, one-fourth of one-thousandth of 
an inch thick, spread as print over a page? It can carry 
good news; it can carry the message of salvation to the 
remote corners of the world; or it can exploit and blind 
the reader. 

What a pity it is, then, that so many readers are almost 
drugged with the great mass of secular propaganda con- 
c :rning war, strikes, politics, murder, scandals, finance. 
One hundred years ago, three-fourths of all the pub- 
lished writing in America was on religious subjects. To- 
day, in a publishing enterprise which boasts a three- 
billion-dollar business annually, the percentage is less 
than one -tenth. 

There is a desperate need for a school of writers and 
editors who are full of the Christian faith and dedicated 
to making it known. What an impact could be made by 
a thousand dedicated Christian writers who would flood 
the publications of the land with Christian news, fea- 
tures, fiction, with the aim of reaching America for 
Christ! 

In Roman Catholic schools in one of our large cities 
1,000 writers are being trained right now to go out and 
take positions on the newspapers of the land. It would 
be wonderful if we could do just that. 

There is a market for every kind of Christian writing. 
Editors, who must make a continuous study of what 
people want to read, say that there is a greater demand 
for articles on religion now than there has been at any 
other time in the past 40 years. Reader's Digest carries 
at least one religious article a month, and many other 
periodicals are publishing religious articles which never 
did before. 

Editors try to give the public what it wants to read, 
and to fill this current demand, some are writing on 
religion who don't know much about it. You probably 
wouldn't agree with their formula for finding peace of 
mind or their pattern for living victoriously. 

To write about the Christian faith, three things are 
needed. The Christian writer needs first of all an expe- 
rience with the Lord, then a growing background of 
knowledge and experience in his subject, and finally, 
something of the writing technique. Many are writing 
without the very first prerequisite. Naturally, then, they 
haven't the second. All they have is the technique. 

You, we trust, have the first two requirements and 
can develop the third. Will you accept this missionary 
challenge, take time to look into your own background, 
explore the opportunities of writing about the Christian 
faith as you know it, and produce some copy? It may 
prove a real blessing to someone. 

I praise God for the great benefits I received from 
Christian writers, particularly in the early days of my 
Christian life. The spoken word is carved in air and is 
soon lost. The printed word is cut in granite and will 
live to bless countless souls through eternity. John said, 
"These things have I written." What if Moses had only 




BY AVA SCHNITTJER 



spoken and had not recorded the things God did? Sup- 
pose Paul had only preached and established churches, 
but had not written his letters to them — letters we still 
have to guide us in the practice of a Christian life. Luke 
said: "It seemed good to me also, having had perfect 
understanding of all things from the very first, to write 
unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou 
mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein 
thou hast been instructed (Luke 1:3-4). What if these 
men had thought: "I'm too busy to take time to write. 
I've got too much to do." 

Dr. Ironside enjoyed a great ministry of preaching in 
his church and won many to the Lord. But how much 
poorer we'd be had he not taken time to write down 
some of his experiences! 

God has called you to preach, to teach, to farm, to 
mother a family, to build, to keep a store. Perhaps He 
also commands you to "write the things which thou hast 
seen, and the things which are . . ." (Rev. 1:19). 

I'll not try to lure you into writing by saying it's easy. 
It isn't. Writing is hard work, for most people at least. 
One doesn't just sit down and dash off a fine article 
when he has a few spare minutes. And there isn't much 
of praise, nor the stimulation of the excited response of 
an audience moved by your message. Your readers may 
not even remember your name. But if someone has 
found the Lord, or if someone has been helped to make 
a decision through the record of your experience, you 
have your reward. 

If you have never written much except English themes 
and personal letters, you might like a few suggestions 
about how to go about this activity. We've assumed that 
you are a Christian and that you know something about 
your faith. Next, you need to know your reader. As you 
sit down to write, don't imagine that you are writing to 
millions of people. Think of a person you know, perhaps 
in your own church, who has a real need. How would 
you sit down and talk to her? What doctrine of the Word 
of God, if applied to her life, would solve her problem? 
Just a minute; don't give her the doctrine just yet. Per- 
haps her heart is too full right now for reason to appeal 
to her. She may say, "Yes; I understand, but . . . ." Can 
you think of an incident, your own or someone else's 
experience, where this truth you want her to see has 
operated — an example of the doctrines of God manifest 
in flesh? She is living in the realm of emotion right now, 
so you must meet her on the level of her emotions and 
then work back to her reason. 

A line in the New Yorker told the answer of a child 
to a librarian's question about what he liked best in the 

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DIGGING AGAIN AT DOTHAN 



(PART II) 

BY JOHN REA 

Associate Professor of Bible and Archaeology 



In last month's article we discussed some of the 
discoveries at Dothan during the second season of ex- 
cavation. Among these was the Hellenistic coin bearing 
in Greek letters the name "Antiochus the King." This 
coin, five Rhodian jar handles inscribed in Greek, and 
Hellenistic lamps indicated the existence of a Hellenistic 
colony at Dothan in the period 300-100 B. C. 

A bowl of the identical type also found in Assyria 
from the time of Sargon II (722-705 B. C.) was de- 
scribed. The presence of this "palace-ware" bowl at 
Dothan suggests that Assyrian soldiers, who undoubted- 
ly conquered Dothan during the last days of the king- 
dom of Israel (II Kings 17:4-5, 24), brought this object 
with them from their home near the Tigris River. The 
bowl indicates, then, that Dothan was occupied down to 
the time of about 700 B. C. 

An Infant Jar Burial 

In another part of this same Israelite level, but a little 
earlier (900-800 B. C), Mr. Kelsey found the remains of 
an infant buried in a large storage jar which served as a 
coffin. Cn the child's ankle there was a bronze ring or 
anklet, and just outside the mouth of the coffin jar was a 
small jar for food, showing belief in a future life on the 
part of the contemporaries of Elisha (II Kings 6:13) 
nearly 3,000 years ago. This was a typical infant burial 
of the time, not a child sacrifice. It was found below the 
level cf the dirt floor of a house, not in the foundation 
trench of a heavy stone wall, as was the case of a child 
skeleton found at Dothan in 1953. 

Near the infant jar burial Mrs. Free uncovered the 
skeleton of a man who had suffered a violent death. His 
fists were still clenched, his head was twisted into an 
unnatural position, and his back was broken in two 
places. Dr. Free believes that this death and other evi- 
dences of violence and destruction are to be connected 
with the events recorded in the Old Testament histor- 
ical books which tell of repeated invasions into northern 
Palestine in the period 900-700 B. C. 

Digging down to the next floor level the excavators 
found broken pottery of the type common in Palestine in 
Iron Age I (1200-900 B. C). Dothan is not mentioned in 
any of the records in Joshua or Judges. This silence on 
the part of the Scriptures may suggest that Dothan was 
not conquered by the tribes of Israel. The town may 
well have remained in Canaanite hands until the time 
of David or Solomon. 

A Large Wine Bowl 

The outstanding museum piece of the 1954 expedition 
came from the Iron Age I period, probably having be- 
longed to Canaanite inhabitants. In Mr. Kelsey's area 
the handle of a large bowl was uncovered. As more and 
more handles appeared, it soon became evident that they 
had found a large multiple-handled crater, something 
like a punch bowl (fig. 1). When the broken pieces were 
glued together, it proved to have 14 handles around the 









FZG. 1 George Kelsey is cleaning away the dirt from 
around a 14-handled bowl and other vessels from 
about 1200 B. C. 




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FIG. 2: Billy Kelsey is standing in a grain storage pit 
lined with plaster. 



outside, and to measure 16 inches in diameter. From 
large bowls such as this, the Canaanites, and later on 
the nobility at Samaria (Amos 6:6), drank wine at their 
feasts. The bowl was unusual because at their upper 
end four of the handles terminate in the stylized head 
and forepaws of an animal, bearing some resemblance to 
hyenas but perhaps meant for lions. Together with this 
crater had been stored another smaller crater with only 
eight handles, and seven other jars and bowls. 

A Biblical "Bam" 

Notice in figure 2 the circular structure, also from 
Iron Age I, inside of which was year-old Billy Kelsey. 
It is typical of the "barns" or garners of Scripture (Deut. 
28:8; Prov. 3:10; Joel 1:17; Hag. 2:19; Matt. 3:12; 6:26; 
13:30). After the grain had been threshed and winnowed 
it would be stored in carefully built pits lined with plas- 
ter. Perfectly dry, the underground storage pit would 
preserve the grain for years as well as conceal it from 
the attentions of robbers, enemy invaders, and even tax 
collectors. The one at Dothan was small, probably in the 
courtyard of a private house. Larger ones found at 
Gezer and Debir, still containing grain, were undoubt- 
edly public granaries. 

As in the previous year, much was unearthed at 
Dothan which confirms and enlarges our knoweldge of 
God's infallible Word. 



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By Norman Rohrer 



HE'S GOT SHOES 

With his head propped on one sofa arm and his feet 
on the other, big John Gallagher, middler, spied a shoe- 
selling ad as he thumbed a magazine. 

"A job's a job," thought John, whose former prayers 
for rent money have been answered in spectacular ways, 
so he sent a letter. 

Armed with slick mail-order posters, measurements, 
and prices, John came to school the next week and sold 
five pairs the first hour! 

"Shoes!" says John. "You need 'em; I've got 'em!" 



PLEASE PASS THE GRAMMARS 

If Mike Volouski isn't at the next baseball game, 
you'll probably find him studying his favorite subjects — 
Semitic languages. 

A sophomore at 19, the quiet lad from New Cumber- 
land, Pa., already owns and studies a Hebrew grammar, 
has memorized the Syriac alphabet, and actually enjoys 
his Greek assignments from Dr. Boyer. In his spare time 
he reviews his Latin. 

"But I prefer the Semitic languages," says Mike, "and 
would like someday to translate the Scriptures." 

Until his five years are up, Mike will go on doodling 
Syriac hieroglyphics on scratch pads, notebooks, and 
blackboards. We'll look for your by-line, Mike, in the 
antiquities of the Irish! 



COME TO ORDER. PLEASE 

With a "One . . . two . . . three . . . ready . . . PLAY!" 
Eddie Smith and his 10-member pep band blared "On 
Wisconsin" as students swarmed into the lower audito- 
rium for student chapel February 25. Announcements, 
Scripture reading by Chaplain Dean Fetterhoff, coupled 
with Jim Sweeton's songleading of "Redeemed," was 
followed by colored slides of the basketball team's trip 
east. 

Leaping Ted Franchino and his scream solicitors per- 



• 




fected cheers for a game against Western Michigan that 
night. We should have been five points louder! 

At the close of the program, Social Chairman Don 
Hocking offered a ten-dollar Herald bookstore gift cer- 
tificate for anyone who knew the name of everyone 
in school. Nobody did, but everybody said, "Next 
time . . . ." 



WHAT'S YOUR TYPE? 

Armed with needles and empty bottles, 36 volunteer 
Red Cross workers sapped 109 pints of blood from stu- 
dents and townspeople last March 11 in the seminary's 
lower auditorium. 

Seminary Juniors Barbara Hulse, R. N., and Grace 
Thompson, R. N.. aided five Red Cross nurses at the 
tables. Mrs. Allen Wheeler helped the "palefaces," and 
gave the "weak and faint" whiffs of ammonia inhalant 
and brisk face rubs with wet towels. 

Prof. Donald Ogden filled a bottle and sat up on the 
table. "Compared to previous donations, I don't feel 

so " He got the "treatment." So did Harold Fuller, 

Mary Hooks, Wendell Kent, Ruth Moine, and Bill 
Tweeddale. Ken Russel also needed a nurse's arm to 
keep his chin off the floor, and Walt Blackwell had to be 
punched in both arms before nurses found enough blood 
to fill a bottle. 



The basketball team, ready to take to the road. 



About- Face! 

By Elener Norris 

Until August of last year I had no intention of attend- 
ing Grace because it was too close to home. Last spring 
I applied at a Christian university, was accepted, and 
received a two-year scholarship to that school. I felt 
that the Lord was leading me there very definitely. 

Then in July I underwent minor surgery that resulted 
in serious complications which necessitated another op- 
eration. Because the Lord did spare my life, I feel that 
He has some definite use for me. Due to slow recupera- 
tion, I wasn't able to travel the long distance to the 
school I planned to attend, but I felt that I should start 
my preparation toward whatever future the Lord has in 
store for me. 

Now the only objection I had to Grace — its closeness 
to home, about 20 miles — became its greatest advantage. 
After prayerful consideration, I was sure that Grace 
College was the place for me this year. I hope I will be 
able someday to understand why the Lord led me to 
change my plans, but for now I am content to know that 
"all things work together for good to them that love 
God, to them who are the called according to his pur- 
pose." 



March 26, 7955 



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"SEMINARY S-P-R-E-A-D" 



By RAY GINGRICH 

Throughout the colleges and seminaries of the Chris- 
tian world today is sweeping a dread malady called by 
some the "Seminary Spread," or seminarius spreadensis. 
This incapacitating disease is closely related to its cou- 
sins "Secretary's Spread" and "Middle-Aged Spread" 
and in these three forms is rapidly undermining the 
strength, health, and happiness of a large part of the 
American population. Its symptoms are shortness of 
breath, pains the region of the heart, difficulty in climb- 
ing steps, trouble in fitting into clothes, and difficulty in 
tying one's shoes. Its causes are too much good food and 
too little exercise. Its results are general drowsiness, 
lack of pep, slowed reactions, nervousness, various or- 
ganic disturbances, an unhealthy mental and spiritual 
attitude, and many times an early death. 

To Christians, this malady is important, since we are 
people who believe that the body, soul, and spirit make 
an organic unit in forming the person, as Dr. McClain 
clearly pointed out in the last Educational Number of 
the Herald. Thus a sickness or weakness of any of these 
three parts of the person affects the other two as well. 
Just as a sick spirit causes a poor mental attitude, so a 
sick body causes, many times, a negative spiritual and 
intellectual reaction. This unity of the three parts of the 
person plus the fact that Christians have been entrusted 
with the most urgent task possible, combine to force 
the realization upon us that we should keep all three 
in topnotch working order — the arduous pastorate, mis- 
sion field, or everyday life is no place for either spiritual 
or physical weaklings. 




"Preventive measures" on the wrestling mat at Grace. 

As a student at Grace Seminary, therefore, I would 
like to express my appreciation to all the people who 
have shared in providing the athletic equipment for the 
school thus far. I'm sure that I express the general sen- 
timent of the student body in this, since we feel keenly 
the necessity for a well-rounded Christian preparation, 
and the physical is extremely important. We cannot 
carry the message of Christ properly unless we are 
healthy in spirit, soul and body. 

Thus I am happy to report that the inroads of "Sem- 
inary Spread" have been checked at Grace thus far by 
the generous help of friends, but the danger still remains 
ever present, since adequate facilities for treatment of 
this disease (e. g., gymnasium, etc.) are still needed. 
With addition of these facilities we may be able to make 
this dread name only a memory like that of diphtheria 
and smallpox. 



COLLEGE CHOIR TOUR 



By DON OGDEN 

The spring tour anticipated by the college choir has 
been described as a maiden voyage, and we might add 
that the party involved is still a very young maiden. 
After so many years with a predominantly male student 
body, there had been no attempt to form a mixed choir 
until last year, when the growing college at last provided 
us with enough young ladies to make such an organiza- 
tion possible. That choir enjoyed the privilege of par- 
ticipating in Christmas and Easter programs, as well as 
providing special music for the commencement exercises. 

A new group of songsters took up the work of the 
choir this year with the intention of following the same 
program. Then the administration suggested the possi- 
bility of a choir tour, and the ambitious choraleers re- 
sponded enthusiastically by immediately tripling their 



Pictured on the cover page are the following members of the 
choir: 

First row: Willa Leidy. Ruth Moine. Dorothy Crees, Janet 
Weber. Margaret Martin, Mary Ringler, Carol Sue Quartz. 
Second row : Ruth Bennett, Anne Kliever, Roberta Sprowls. Dona 
Beam, Mary Bauman, Marilyn Herdlicka, Janice Weber, Marlene 
Shoemaker. 

Third row: Russell Yoder. Marvin Lowery, Glenn Byers, Dale 
Hostetler. Gerald Adams, Robert Firl, Ronald Eckstein, Don 
Rough. Donald Ogden (director). 



practice time in preparation for this expanded ministry 
for their school and for their Lord. 

The 14 ladies, 8 men, and pianist who responded to 
this challenge have spent long hours of precious time, 
but have maintained their enthusiasm and have de- 
lighted the heart of their director with their willingness 
to make any sacrifice necessary to the success of the 
tour. We are anticipating 12 days of real blessing as we 
enter many of the churches of the East to sing the 
praises of our Lord and tell what His matchless grace 
has done for us. 

The schedule for the spring tour is as follows: 

Fri.. Mar. 25 Lake Odessa. Mich 8:00p.m. 

Wed., Mar. 30 Grace Seminary Chapel 9:15 p.m. 

B3rne. Ind 7:30 p.m. 

Thurs.. Mar. 31 Dayton. Ohio (First) 7:30p.m. 

Fri., Apr. 1 Meyersdale, Pa 7:30 p.m. 

Sat., Apr. 2 Waynesboro, Pa., Radio 12:30 p.m. 

Waynesboro, Pa., First 7:30p.m. 

Sun., Apr. 3 Hagerstown, Md 11:00 a.m. 

Sun., Apr. 3 Martinsburg. W. Va 3:00 p.m. 

Sun., Apr. 3 Winchester. Va 7:30 p.m. 

Mon., Apr. 4 Philadelphia. Pa. iThird) 8:00 p.m. 

Tues., Apr. 5 Leamersville, Pa 7:30 p.m. 

Wed.. Apr. 6 Martinsburg. Pa 7:45 p.m. 

Thurs. Apr. 7 Johnstown, Pa., First 7:30p.m. 

Fri., Apr. 8 Canton. Ohio 7:30 p.m. 

Sun., Apr. 10 Akron. Ohio Sunrise service 

Sun., Apr. 10 Wooster. Ohio 10:30 a.m. 

Sun., Apr. 10 Ashland. Ohio 3:30p.m. 

Sun., Apr. 10 Mansfield. Ohio 7:30 p.m. 

Sun., Apr. 17 New Troy. Mich 7:30 p.m. 



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A CHRISTIAN 

AND 

PROFESSIONAL 
BASEBALL 



By DICK MESSNER, Seminary Senior 



Some people have expressed doubt as to whether a 
Christian should play professional baseball. Upon my 
graduation from Wheaton College in the summer of '52, 
I was faced squarely with that problem. Several major- 
league ball clubs had expressed their interest in me as a 
pitcher. What was I going to do? The only thing to do, 
of course, was pray. I prayed fervently that the Lord 
would show me exactly what should be done in such a 
perplexing situation. One evening the New York Giants 
scout. Gene Thompson, came to our home and wondered 
if I'd reached a decision. I told him that I would be 
interested in signing a Giant contract if a "no-Sunday 
clause" were inserted, that is, a provision not requiring 
me to participate in or attend any ball games on Sunday. 
At first he was rather hesitant, but finally he agreed, 
and a contract with the New York Giants was drawn up. 
I was then sent to Sioux City, Iowa, the class "A" farm 
club of the Giants. 

During the past two seasons of professional baseball 
my experiences have been both thrilling and profitable. 
The Lord has given me an opportunity to labor for Him 
in a field that is truly ''white unto harvest." Professional 
baseball is not only a challenge from the physical stand- 
point, but also from the spiritual. As the season pro- 
gresses I make it my business to talk to each of the 
fellows on the ball club individually about his soul. Ball- 
players as a group are very indifferent and many times 
hostile to spiritual things, but when talking to them 
individually, you discover a deep hunger for the things 
of God. 

This past summer I played with the St. Cloud, Minn., 
ball club in the Northern League. My brother. Bob, who 
is a sophomore this year in Grace College, came up to 
St. Cloud and got a job with a roofing company. Every 
spare moment during the week was spent in working on 
musical arrangements, while every Sunday was spent 
in gospel-team work. Needless to say, the Lord abun- 
dantly blessed. Baseball fans from all over that section 
came to hear God's Word, and I'm quite sure some of 
them had never been inside a church before. When the 
baseball team left on a road trip, Bob would speak to 
young people's groups, lead singspirations, and make 
contacts for Sunday meetings. The Lord even gave us 
an opportunity on two different occasions to hold chapel 
services in the Minnesota State Reformatory, which is 
located right near St. Cloud. It seemed as if every man 
in the prison was an ardent baseball fan and knew all 



about us before we even got there. In each cell there 
were headphones with which they listened to every ball 
game. I spoke briefly on I Timothy 4:8: "For bodily 
exercise profiteth [for a] little: but godliness is profit- 
able unto all things, having promise of the life that now 
is, and of that which is to come." After the services many 
of the men expressed a desire to talk with us, but the 
chaplain was the only one permitted to do so. 

Of course, our "religious activities" every Sunday 
caused a great deal of curiosity among the ballplayers. 
Many of the fellows came to see me and wanted to know 
what I talked about every Sunday. Questions like that 
gave me a wonderful opportunity to tell them the "good 
news" of Jesus Christ and to invite them to church. 
There were very many times, however, when things 
weren't so easy. For instance, nearly every Monday 
afternoon I'd come into the clubhouse and hear: "Well, 
here's 'Deacon Dick' again; he should feel well rested 
after his Sunday vacation." "Heard you were preaching 
again, 'parson.' Did you get anybody saved?" "Glad to 
have you back with us, 'Preacher'; we sure need lots 
of prayer." "Did you get a lot of Bible reading done yes- 
terday, 'Deacon'?" Each remark would be followed by 
uproarious laughter and slaps on the back. At first, inci- 
dents like that really bothered me, but after a while 
the Lord enabled me to shrug them off and keep on 
witnessing for Him. 

Over and over again during the course of the season 
I would get lonely and wish I could be back among 
Christian friends again. When you pitched your heart 
out and lost a close ball game, there were no sympa- 
thizers. After all, a person who takes religious seriously 
and prays to God before each game should never lose. 
The long 14- and 15 -day road trips were especially try- 
ing, but the Lord always gave me that "peace of soul" 
just when it was needed. The verse to which I turned 
whenever I needed added strength and courage was 
Joshua 1:9 — "Have I not commanded thee? Be strong 
and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou 
dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whitherso- 
ever thou goest." Every time I turned to that wonderful 
verse I felt like I had new marching orders from the 
Captain of my salvation. 

Whatever business you may be in, there will be trials 
and tribulations — times when you feel just like "giving 
up." But always remember: ". . . if God be for us, who 
can be against us?" 

[Editor's note — Dick and Bob Messner are members 
of the West Tenth Street Brethren Church in Ashland, 
Ohio.] 



March 26, 1955 



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Miss Munn holds one of her little patients. 



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Tieeclec) Thole lit 
Uulse s hainina 



By MARYBETH MUNN ('50) 

'"Who were the Samaritans that Philip went to preach 
to? Where did they come from?" "Was James the apos- 
tle and James in Acts 15 the same person?" "What was 
the difference between a Pharisee and a Sadducee?" 

My first months at Bekoro were very busy months. 
The village at Beandje for the treatment of leprosy was 
already established before my arrival at Bekoro. Even 
before my trunks were unpacked, the leaders came to 
me with this request: "We don't want to just sit around 
taking medicine; we want to study. Will you have Bible 
class for us?" My understanding of Sango was so poor at 
that time that Mrs. Kennedy had to tell me what they 
were saying; yet what answer could I give them but yes? 

During the day I would work at the dispensary treat- 
ing the divers diseases, then in the evenings I plunged 
into preparing a study on Acts and looking up the an- 
swers to these and many other questions. You can well 
imagine how thankful I was to be able to go to my files 
of notes, taken during seminary days, and prepare my 
lessons from them. 

Some people ask us why a nurse should bother to go 
to seminary before going to the foreign field. I don't 
know of a single nurse on our field who does not carry 
on a regular Bible-study class as well as her regular 
medical work. When we started our Bible training 
school at Bekoro, I prepared the lessons for and taught 
Old and New Testament Introduction, Bible Geography, 
and a study of Genesis. I never could have done that 
without my Christian Education training at Grace. 

We can each praise the Lord for Grace Seminary be- 
cause of its practical, thorough, and Spirit-led study of 
the Holy Scriptures. 



Grace Training 



AND 



Mexican Missions 



Ability to Evaluate and Catalog Doctrines 

Found To Be of Inestimable Value in 

Missionary Work Below the Border 

By WALTER HAAG (Ex '51) 

My studies at Grace Theological Seminary helped to 
crystallize and organize ray thinking concerning spirit- 
ual things. The years of attendance in the Brethren 
Church had given a general understanding of God's 
Word, but as it wasn't necessary to pass that information 
on to others, my thinking was hazy and not organized. 
The courses at Grace helped me to evaluate and sys- 
tematically catalog the blessed doctrine taught us in 
God's Word, and showed me how the Brethren Church 
was following closely these doctrines. 

This help has been of inestimable value to my work 
in Mexico. Although I realize the first requirement is 
the love of God in the missionary's heart, yet organized 
and systematic thoughts concerning the teaching in 
God's Word are necessary for the Spirit to bring the sin- 
ner to Christ for salvation and then to ground him in the 
Word of God. This is especially true in Mexico, where 
most of the people are aware only that there are Cath- 
olics and Protestants. They suppose that all of the Prot- 
estants are of one and the same belief. Because of this, 
the cults and isms sway and sweep many into their 
ranks. Fundamental groups suffer greatly from the 
plague of isms that draw the untaught from their fold. 

Perhaps the most important value of my training at 
Grace is being realized now as a Mexican Bible institute 
is being started to train the Mexican national to carry 
the Gospel to his own people. This is a challenging ex- 
perience, and I am grateful to Grace Theological Sem- 
inary for its part in preparing me for the tasks that lie 
ahead in Mexico. 




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Mexican Bible Institute Students, 1954-55. 



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Challenge of Christian 
Journalism 

(Continued From Page 199) 

library. He said: "The little chairs and the books about 
fierce things." Try to picture the dimensions of your 
reader's life. Set him down in a chair that fits and tell 
him about things that will interest him fiercely. Our 
reader is a person of mind, emotions, and will, and we 
need to write to the whole person. God gave us grounds 
for appealing to the reason when He said, "Come now 
and let us reason together." But reason isn't enough. We 
must also meet the reader on the grounds of emotion. 
The emotions of the public are being exploited today 
and channeled into almost everything under the sun 
except Christian living. We should write, not to exploit 
emotions, but to seize upon them and channel them for 
the Lord. 

In the Bible you can find some of the best examples 
of the simple, clear kind of writing you need to do. 
Remember the answer of our Lord when a certain 
young lawyer, willing to justify himself, asked, "Who is 
my neighbor?" The Lord answered in such a way that 
the record of this little incident has given us for all time 
a pattern of neighborliness: "A certain man, a certain 
man, went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell 
among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and 
wounded him and departed, leaving him half dead." 
You know the rest. Make your writing flesh and blood. 
Make abstract ideas interesting by showing them lived 
out in someone's experiences. 

Remember, too, you aren't trying to put life into the 
Gospel. It is alive. Be careful not to shackle it, but show 
the meaning of the Gospel for the people and problems 
of our times. 



THE TRUE CHURCH 

By Don Ogden 

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, "I 
hear that divisions exist among you." Today we sing in 
our churches, 

"We are not divided. 
All one body we." 

These lines are true in actuality only if we get down to 
the spiritual truth of the Body. The hymn was written 
by Baring Gould to show that the Church of England 
was one, and not disrupted like the poor dissenters. 
Much to his surprise, the song began to appear in the 
hymnals of the Methodists, Congregationalists, Presby- 
terians, Baptists, and all the other "ists"; at the end of 
his life Gould confessed that the reception of his hymn 
had taught him that its true meaning was much deeper 
than he had originally intended. 

"We are not divided. 
All one body we." 

(This is based on Morgan, "The Corinthian Letters of 
Paul," p. 140 ) 



EDITORIALS 



(Continued From Page 198) 

situation which caused the depression is not removed at 
all. Whatever happiness they bring, everything else 
offered by the world, can only be very temporary. Jesus 
recognized the ability of the world to give a certain kind 
of peace, but he contrasted it with that which he came 
to bring. He said to his disciples: "Peace I leave with 
you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, 
give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither 
let it be afraid" (John 14:27). Real peace comes to a 
troubled soul only when he is honest enough to face the 
sin that has robbed him of peace with God, and when 
he is willing to believe that 1,900 years ago Christ made 
"peace through the blood of his cross" (Col. 1:20). 

Then, once such peace is experienced, he will find that 
the same God who gave him the knowledge of sins for- 
given has also promised to fortify him against the vicis- 
situdes of life. The Bible says: "Cast thy burden upon 
the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer 
the righteous to be moved" (Ps. 55:22). Any person 
who is willing to do this can also "know that all things 
work together for good to them that love God, to them 
who are the called according to his purpose" (Rom. 
8:28). It is not that all things he faces in life are good 
in themselves, but that all these circumstances are 
somehow bent by the mighty hand of God so that they 
will ultimately work out for his good. Such knowledge, 
when accepted by faith, is better than all the "happiness 
pills" in the world. 



REPORT OF GIFTS TO GRACE SEMINARY 



FEBRUARY 1955 





$2.00 New Trov. Mich 


$59.00 


Alexandria. Va 


162.25 North English, Iowa ... 


3.00 




119.75 Ozark. Mich 


23.81 


Altoona, Pa. (Grace).. 


28.15 Paramount, Calif 


81.00 


Ankenytown. Ohio . . . 
Ashland. Ohio 


64.42 Peru, Ind 


26.00 


273.10lPhiladelphia, Pa. (1) .. 


170.50 




172.00|Philadelphia. Pa. (3) 


176.50 


Buena Vista. Va 


223.35 Portland, Oreg 


50.00 




47.00 Radford. Va. . 


20.00 


Cedar Rapids, Iowa . . . 
Chambersburg, Pa. ... 


14900 Riner, Va 


5.11 


10.04'Rittman. Ohio 


507.00 


Cheyenne. Wyo 


20.25!Roanoke. Va. (Wash. 




Clay City. Ind 

Clayton, Ohio 


159.001 Heights) 


34-65 


103.93ISan Diego. Calif 

64.501 Seattle, Wash. . 


44.00 




298.00 


Covington, Ohio 


8.00lSevcn Fountains, Va. . . 


16.57 


Cuba. N. Mex 


25.00 Sharpsville. Ind 


4.61 




10.00 Sidney. Ind 


70.50 




100.00 South Bend. Ind 


65.55 


Davton. Ohio ( First 1 . . 


181.50 South Gate, Calif 


27.00 


Dayton, Ohio (N. Riv.) 


315.00 South Pasadena, Calif. . 


204.39 


Elkhart. Ind 


93.00,Spokane. Wash 

69.45 Summit Mills, Pa. 
111.50Sunnvside, Wash 


138.00 




9.50 


Flora, Ind 


10.00 


Fort Wayne, Ind 


1.026.88|Temple City, Calif 


50.00 


Garwin, Iowa 


76.00IWashington. D. C 


514.46 


Glendale. Calif 


lO.OOlWaterloo, Iowa 


5.00 


Grandview. Wash 


23.50!Waynesboro, Pa 


236.63 


Hagerstown, Md 


1.276.271W. Alexandria. Ohio . . 


7.10 


Harrisburg. Pa 


132.52[Whittier. Calif. (First). 


105.00 


Homerville. Ohio 


101.08!winchester. Va 


28.00 


Tnalewood, Calif 


138.00:Winona Lake, Ind 


591.85 


Johnstown. Pa. (First) 


460.85iWooster. Ohio 


413.25 


Lansing. Mich 


40.00'Yellow Creek, Pa 


3.00 


La Verne. Calif 


10.00 1 Isolated Brethren 


31.00 


Leesburg. Ind 


200.961 Non-Brethren 


MJ 1)11 


Limestone. Tenn 


117 75 






Long Beach, Calif. (N.) 


100.751 Total General Fund.. 


12.035.85 


Los Angeles. Calif. 






(Community) 


26.00 Dcsiqnated Gifts— 




Mansfield. O. (Grace) . 


l,301.75IBeaumont, Calif 


95.00 


Mansfield. 0. (2d) 


22.00 Uohnstown, Pa 


25.00 


Martinsburg, Pa 


14.001 Washington, D. C 


10.00 


Meyersdale. Pa 


155.37IWinona Lake. Ind 


138.65 


Modesto, Calif. (Mc- 


I Non-Brethren 


120.00 




25.001 




Mundy's Corner, Pa. 


Total Designated 








388.65 



March 26, 7955 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



AKRON, OHIO, Dr. L. L. Grubb, 
secretary of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council, will be the speak- 
er who will direct the fourth annual 
Christian Workers Conference at 
Akron Bible Institute during the 
week of April 11-15, Dr. Grubb is 
one of the founders of the Akron 
Bible Institute and served on the 
original faculty of the school in the 
department of evangelism. 

LAKE ODESSA, MICH. Mr. and 
Mrs. Charles Darby celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary with an 
open house on Tuesday, March 15. 

EVERETT, PA. March 27 is the 
day set for the mortgage-burning of 
the Grace Brethren Church with 
special services and special speak- 
ers featuring the occasion. Prayer is 
requested that the spiritual work 
will continue in their midst. Homer 
Lingenfelter is the pastor. 

KITTANNING, PA. Mack A. Ma- 
hey, of Kittanning, began his service 
as director of music at the First 
Brethren Church on March 6, ac- 
cording to information received from 
Pastor William H. Schaffer. He was 
at one time associated with the 
Rodeheaver School of Music. Wil- 
liam Schaffer and Stanley F. Hau- 
ser, of the Conemaugh Brethren 
Church, exchanged pulpits March 6. 

W. ALEXANDRIA, OHIO. Nine 
men — members of the board of trus- 
tees, building committee, and the 
pastor, C. A. Flowers, of the Sam- 
pleville Brethren Mission — believe 
that God is still on the throne. On 
Saturday, Feb. 26, these nine men 
met to discuss which of three archi- 
tests, all of equal reputation, should 
be chosen to solve their building 
problems. Without nominating, each 
member voted, and when the ballots 
were counted all nine men had voted 
for the same man. They say: "God 
still hears and answers prayer." 

COVINGTON, VA. The First 
Brethren Church, of which Paul L. 
Mohler is pastor, climaxed their 
missionary conference rally March 



13 with the dedication of their new 
parsonage. 

GOSHEN, IND. Ground-breaking 
services were held Sunday after- 
noon, March 13, by the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, of which Herman Hein, 
Jr., is pastor. Dr. Herman W. Koontz, 
of Winona Lake, was the speaker. 
Building of the new church will be 
under way shortly by the Brethren 
Construction Company crew, which 
will bring two churches under con- 
struction by them at the same time. 




WAYNESBORO, PA. Mrs. Wil- 
liam Gray, wife of the pastor of the 
First Brethren Church, returned to 
her home from Johns Hopkins Uni- 
versity Hospital on March 1 much 
improved. She will have to report 
back to Baltimore a few times for 
checkups. Pastor and Mrs. Gray ex- 
press appreciation for the prayers 
and gifts during this time of trial. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Dr. Her- 
man A. Hoyt, of Grace Seminary, 
and Prof. John Rea, of Grace Col- 
lege, expect to leave April 19 for a 
three-months tour of Europe and 



the Near East. They purpose to en- 
hance their qualities as teachers in 
New Testament and Greek and Ar- 
chaeology, respectively. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. Rev. Clyde 
K. Landrum, Uniontown, Pa., secre- 
tary of the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches, and Dr. Paul R. 
Bauman, Winona Lake, Ind., with 
seven other persons, have been au- 
thorized by the Civil Air Patrol of 
the U. S. Air Force to travel by 
military aircraft to Washington on 
April 12. The purpose is to attend 
a joint meeting of the members of 
the National Chaplains Committee, 
Civil Air Patrol, and the directors 
of the various denominational en- 
dorsing agencies in America. 

WHEATON, ILL. Youth for Christ 
has scheduled a national youth guid- 
ance conference to be held in Lin- 
coln, Nebr., June 9-12 this year. It 
will bring together some of the na- 
tion's top Christian authorities on 
work with problem youth for the 
purpose of fellowship, exchange of 
ideas, and sharing with pastors, YFC 
directors, and Christian youth lead- 
ers valuable methods and practical 
procedures that can be used on the 
community level in helping young 
people. 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS. The new 
address of Rev. Victor H. Meyers is 
10066 Del Mar Ave., Ontario, Calif. 
Please change Annual. 





PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 




Church 


Date 




Pastor 


Evangelist 


Chico, Calif 


Mar. 


26-Apr. 


3.. 


P. J. Simmons. . . . 


Crusade Team 1. 


La Verne, Calif. . 


Mar. 


26-Apr. 


3.. 


Victor Meyers. . . . 


Bill Smith. 


Conemaugh, Pa.. 


Mar. 


26-Apr. 


3.. 


Stanley Hauser. . . 


Harold Etling. 


Grafton, W. Va. . 


Mar. 


26-Apr. 


3.. 


Lee Crist 


K. E. Richardson. 


Ashland, Ohio. . . . 


Mar. 


26-Apr. 


3.. 


Miles Taber 


Crusade Team 2. 


Uniontown, Pa. . . 


Mar. 


27-Apr. 


10. 


Clyde Landrum.. 


Dean Fetterhoff. 


Findlay, Ohio. . . . 


Mar. 


28-Apr. 


3.. 


Forest Lance 


Emmons Family. 


Johnstown, Pa. . . 


Mar. 


27-Apr. 


10. 


Ralph Hall 


Lester Pifer. 


Cedar Rapids, 














Apr. 


3-8.... 




Richard Grant. . . . 


R. D. Culver. 


Limestone, Tenn . 


Apr. 


3-10... 




Harold Arrington. 


Herbert Bess and 


Johnson City, 










John Whitcomb. 


Tenn 


Apr. 


3-10... 




Dean Risser 


Herbert Bess and 


Mansfield, Ohio 










John Whitcomb. 


(Second) 


Apr. 


5-17... 




Gene Witzky 


Crusade Team 2. 


Homerville, Ohio. 


Apr. 


6-10... 




Robert Holmes. . . 


R'ym'nd Gingrich. 


San Bernardino, 












Calif 


Apr. 


10-22.. 




Lyle Marvin 


Bill Smith. 


Whittier, Calif. 












(Community) . 


Apr. 


10-24. . 




Ward Miller 


Crusade Team 1. 


Dayton, Ohio 












(Patterson P'k) Apr. 


11-24. . 




C. S. Zimmerman. 


Richard DeArmey. 


Radford, Va. ... 


Apr. 


18-May 


1. 


K. E. Richardson. 


Edward Lewis. 


Martinsburg, W. 












Va 


Apr. 


18-May 


1. 


Earle Peer 


L. L. Grubb. 


Osceola, Ind. . . . 


Apr. 


19-May 


1. 


Scott Weaver 


Crusade Team 2. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 




Three Emblems of Mockery 



Jesus was, is, and ever will be, 
King! At His birth the angel an- 
nounced: "The Lord God shall give 
him the throne of his father David: 
and he shall reign over the house of 
Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom 
there shall be no end" (Luke 1:32b- 
33). The wise men came seeking 
Him who was born King of the Jews. 
When questioned as He stood before 
Pilate, He answered: "Thou sayest 
that I am king. To this end was I 
born" (John 18:37). 

Jesus Christ was born king; He 
died king; and one day He will re- 
turn to this earth as King of kings 
and Lord of lords. 

As we open the Scriptures and 
read of the humiliation of the incar- 
nate Son of God who was obedient 
unto death, we are horror-stricken 
to behold the King of the universe 
mockingly clothed in a kingly robe, 
holding a reed for a scepter, and 
wearing a crown of thorns, sur- 
rounded by subjects of Satan bow- 
ing before Him in mockery saying, 
"Hail, King of the Jews!" 

It is therefore with great rever- 
ence that we proceed to examine 
these royal emblems of mockery as 
Satan tried his utmost to break 
Christ down short of the cross. 

The Robe of Scarlet 

The Romans detested the Jews and 
here was an opportune time to vent 
this hatred by making sport of then- 
king. "And they stripped him. and 
put on him a scarlet robe" (Matt. 
27:28). As we read these words we 
are reminded that a few years be- 
fore, Christ stripped himself of His 
heavenly garments to take upon 
himself the form of a servant. For 
centuries the purple robe has been 
the emblem of royalty. As a man, 
Christ is mocked in having a scarlet 
robe put on Him by Satan-inspired 
men. While the kingly robe right- 
fully belonged to Him, Christ knew 
that as the Son of man He must first 
suffer before entering into His glory 
as the Son of God. 

Before this, Satan had offered 



Christ a short-cut to the throne if 
He would fall down and worship 
him. The Lord refused the short-cut 
then, and now, clothed in the scarlet 
robe. He refuses to exhibit His regal 
power. But this is not the end. With 
the eyes of John the revelator, we 
may see into the future when the 
heavens will be opened and we be- 
hold One whose name is Faithful and 
True — the Word of God — coming to 
judge and to make war in righteous- 
ness. He will again be clothed in a 
scarlet robe — this one dipped in 
blood. This time no one will take it 
from Him. On His vesture will be 
written "King of Kings and Lord of 
Lords." 

Christ bore the cruel mockings, 
and rejected the scarlet robe in Pi- 
late's hall, for He knew that He must 
obtain His scarlet robe through 
death — dipped in blood. His own 
blood. 

The Crown of Thorns 

"And when they had platted a 
crown of thorns, they put it upon His 
head" (Matt. 27:29a). The soldiers 
continue their mocking. A king must 
have a crown! A crown of gold? A 
wreath? NO! A crown of thorns — 
the symbol of the curse. Thorns be- 
gan because of sin. Who is not fa- 
miliar with the words in Genesis 
3:17: "Cursed is the ground for thy 
sake . . . thorns also . . • shall it 
bring forth to thee"? Sin-cursed 
men took the sign of the curse and 
pressed it down upon the brow of 
the only One who was able to bear 
the curse of sin in His own body on 
the tree. He bore the curse of sin for 
us in order that we might be freed 
from the curse. However, no more 
will He wear the crown of thorns, 
for with the eye of the revelator 
we see Him coming from heaven 
crowned with many crowns — heav- 
enly diadems. 

The Scepter — a Reed 

"They put ... a reed in his right 
hand: and they bowed the knee be- 
fore him, and mocked, him, saying, 



BY MARTIN GARBER 

MISSIONARY 

FRENCH EQUATORIAL AFRICA 



Hail, King of the Jews!" (Matt. 27: 
29b). God promised Judah: "The 
sceptre shall not depart from Judah 
. . . until Shiloh come" (Gen. 49:10). 
Here is the second David, the son of 
Judah, to whom the scepter rightly 
belongs, is seen holding a reed as a 
scepter and mocked by sin-blinded 
men. In contempt, the reed — the 
scepter, symbol of authority — is 
snatched from the hand of the King 
and He is smitten on the head with 
it. When the rejected, the despised 
One, comes again, He will not use 
the scepter of love, but He will rule 
with a rod of iron. 

Have you ever contemplated the 
mockery which our Lord bore for 
you? It was love for those wicked 
men who mocked Him that made 
Christ bear such reproach — love for 
them and love for us. Those today 
who are rejecting Him as King of 
their lives are mocking Him along 
with the Roman soldiers. The day is 
coming when all those who reject 
Him now will bow the knee and 
worship, just as did the soldiers, 
only then the King will be wearing 
His own blood-dipped scarlet robe, 
wearing the heaven-given crowns, 
and holding the scepter given Him 
by the Father. Then, instead of 
mocking, they will be crying for the 
rocks to hide them from the face of 
Him who sits on the throne. 

Because He was obedient unto 
death, God has highly exalted Him. 
"That at the name of Jesus every 
knee should bow, of things in heav- 
en, and things in earth, and things 
under the earth; and that every 
tongue should confess that Jesus 
Christ is Lord" (Phil. 2:10-11). 
Christ is coming again — not to be 
mocked, but to reign, to be wor- 
shiped, to be obeyed, and to be 
served. Therefore, let us love Him, 
worship Him, serve and obey Him 
now as our King! 



March 26, 1955 



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THREE LIES 

BY CHARLES E. TABER 

MISSIONARY 

FRENCH EQUATORIAL AFRICA 



There are a good many lies in the Bible. 
This may startle you, but before you initiate 
excommunication proceedings against this 
writer, let me explain myself. The lies in the 
Bible are quotations either of word or deed 
of others than the author. Every word that 
God speaks is true, but not every word or 
work of man, and certainly not every word 
or work of Satan. The fact that the words 
were pronounced, or that the deed was done, 
is true. Their content is not always so. Anion-; 
others, there are at least three lies in con- 
nection with our Lord's sufferings. 




JUDAS BETRAYS 

One of the 12 chosen by Jesus was 
the final instrument of His death. In 
what way was the betrayal of Judas 
a lie? Briefly, it was a lie because it 
was not in the power of Judas Iscar- 
iot, man or devil incarnate, to de- 
liver Jesus up to death. Our Lord 
was "delivered by the determinate 
counsel and foreknowledge of God" 
(Acts 2:23). Where then was Judas' 
guilt? Where the stain on the priests' 
hands? It was in the desire and in- 
tention of their hearts, for "Whoso- 
ever hateth his brother is a mur- 
derer" (I John 3:15). 

Hate is murder; therefore Judas 
was guilty of murder. But it was not 
his hate that caused the death of 
Christ, but Christ's love for us. Until 
His hour came, nothing could kill 
Him. When His hour came, nothing 
could keep Him from the cross. One 
little incident shows how completely 
the hour of death was in God's hand. 
The priests had decided not to do 
the deed until after the feast (Matt. 
26:5). But in the upper room Jesus 
unmasked Judas and forced his hand 
(John 13:27). Even in His death, our 
Lord was sovereign. Judas' betrayal 
was a lie, and the 30 pieces of silver 
were unearned. 

PETER DENIES 

Unlike Judas, Peter was really 
one of the Lord's own, chosen and 
called for a great ministry, and the 
Lord knows them that are His. Of 
course the Lord recognized Peter's 
human weakness and predicted the 
denial (Matt. 26:31-34). But Peter 
really loved his Lord passionately. 
Twice he had uttered words of in- 



spired truth about Christ — once to 
recognize Him as Christ "the Son of 
the living God" (Matt. 16:16), and 
once to express His total dependence 
on Jesus' words as the only source 
of eternal life (John 6:68). 

To Peter had been granted, along 
with James and John, an especial 
closeness to the Lord. To him had 
been granted to see the one mani- 
festation on earth of Christ's glory — 
the Mount of Transfiguration. It was 
his very zeal and love for Christ that 
led him to do several of the things 
for which he was rebuked (Matt. 
16:22-23; John 13:6-9; 18:10-11). It 
was his love that brought him as far 
as the high priest's court when 
others fled. 

Peter's great sin was a depend- 
ence on the flesh to accomplish the 
deiires of the spirit, and he failed. 
At the taunt of a little girl, his cour- 
age fled. How well has Morgan said: 
"Here then was a man who believed 
in Jesus, who loved Him with a 
great heart, or he had never fol- 
lowed Him to that court; denying 
his faith, and the denial was a lie; 
denying his love, and the denial was 
a lie." Thank God that repentance 
came, and that "the final thing is not 
the denial, but the tears." 

THE PRIEST'S BURIAL 

Of course the priests did not do 
the actual burying; the loving hands 
of Joseph and Nicodemus did that, 
preparing the body hastily with 
spices and putting it in a nearby 
tomb so that it would not be exposed 
on the High Sabbath. But the priests 
did have a part. After it was all 
over, they suddenly remembered 
that "the deceiver" had said. "After 



three days I will rise again" (Matt. 
27:63). What an alarming thought! 
Suppose the disciples came and stole 
the body, pretending that the predic- 
tion had been fulfilled! The thought 
so disturbed them that they went to 
Pilate, High Sabbath or no High 
Sabbath, to demand a guard so that 
there should be no further nonsense. 

After hearing them, Pilate said: 
"Ye have a watch: go your way, 
make it as sure as ye can" (Matt. 
27:65). Oh, the unconscious irony of 
it! Here were mere men setting out 
to bind in His death the Prince of 
Life! Yes; they made it as sure as 
they could, but not all that man or 
Satan could do could hold Him, for 
it had been written long before: 
"For thou wilt not leave my soul in 
hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine 
Holy One to see corruption" (Ps. 16: 
10). Therefore God raised Him up, 
"Because it was not possible that he 
should be holden of it [death]" 
(Acts 2:24). 

Satan tried to surround the death 
and burial of Christ with lies — try- 
ing to get away with the myth of 
man's power over Christ, trying to 
make credible the myth of his own 
power over Christ's own. Judas, in- 
spired of Satan, betrayed Jesus, but 
did not deliver Him up to His death. 
He died voluntarily. Peter, tempted 
of Satan, denied Christ, but bitterly 
repented the lie and was henceforth 
strong in the Spirit. The priests, led 
of Satan, tried to bind Christ in His 
death, but only succeeded in prov- 
ing beyond the shadow of a doubt 
the supernatural character of His 
resurrection. Praise God, He is still 
sovereign, and He still knows them 
that are His! 



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BY ROY SNYDER 

MISSIONARY 

FRENCH EQUATORIAL AFRICA 



The three days of Christ's burial 
can be considered in three ways: His 
burial in relation to His enemies, to 
His friends and disciples, and to 
himself. Not much has been written 
about the actual three days of bur- 
ial. There are accounts, however, of 
the events connected with His death 
and events after His resurrection. 
From these we can learn just what 
took place during His time in the 
tomb. 

What was the feeling among the 
enemies of Jesus? They scoffed and 
mocked Him on the cross, saying, 
"Save thyself — come down from the 
cross." They, like the unbelieving 
and scoffing multitudes of today, did 
not understand the reason for His 
death. Their conclusion was: He died 
a martyr's death; He died without a 
cause. Death was the end! He was 
just another Jew as far as they were 
concerned; He died, and was buried 
like all men. 

There was, though, some uncer- 
tainty among His enemies, especially 
the chief priests and Pharisees. Mat- 
thew 27:62-6